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Definition of "fend" []

  • To ward off. Often used with off: fend off an attack. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To defend. (verb-transitive)
  • To make an effort to resist: fend against the cold. (verb-intransitive)
  • To attempt to manage without assistance: had to fend for ourselves until we were rescued. (verb-intransitive)

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 "fend" in a sentence
  • "And we were quite disturbed at the end of it, when we found that Rosario had actually put a false name on this note that he shoved in the baby ` s diaper and just left him the way that he did in this parking lot, and as you had mentioned, defenseless, to kind of fend for himself."
  • "TIMONEY: Well, that's a-- my understanding is, and I don't know too much about that case, but my understanding was this young 15-year - old may have been bullied in school and brought it with him to school just to kind of fend off bullies."
  • ""This is not an intended strike (but) Weyman has adopted a technique with his fend which is highly reckless," Kite argued."