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Definition of "defend" []

  • To make or keep safe from danger, attack, or harm. (verb-transitive)
  • Sports To attempt to prevent the opposition from scoring while playing in or near (a goal or area of a field, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • Sports To be responsible for guarding (an opposing player). (verb-transitive)
  • Sports To compete against a challenger in an attempt to retain (a championship). (verb-transitive)
  • To support or maintain, as by argument or action; justify. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "defend" in a sentence
  • "Though Bush publicly denounced the leak, an unnamed Republican aide on Capitol Hill told the New York Times that the underlying White House strategy was to “slime and defend, ” that is to “slime” Wilson and “defend” Bush."
  • "Jeffy Bovine might be still lurking around, or will come tomorrow with yet another moniker to again defend some teabagging domestic terrorist like himself."
  • "Israel, and every country in the world, has a right to defend is borders."