Definitions for



Overview of verb defend

The verb defend has 7 senses? (first 5 from tagged texts)
1. (19) defend, support, fend for

(argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike")

2. (14) defend

(be on the defensive; act against an attack)

3. (3) defend, guard, hold

(protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks")

4. (2) fight, oppose, fight back, fight down, defend

(fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!")

5. (1) champion, defend

(protect or fight for as a champion)

6. defend, represent

(be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant")

7. maintain, defend

(state or assert; "He maintained his innocence")

Synonym.com © 2001-2013, Demand Media, all rights reserved. The database is based on Word Net a lexical database for the English language. see disclaimer
Classroom | Privacy Policy | Terms | Ad Choices