defend

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Middle English defenden, from Old French deffendre (Modern: défendre), from Latin dēfendō (to ward off).

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defend (third-person singular simple present defends, present participle defending, simple past and past participle defended)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To ward off, repel (an attack or attacker).
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.viii:
      The vertue is, that neither steele, nor stone / The stroke thereof from entrance may defend [].
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To prevent, to keep (from doing something).
  3. (transitive, intransitive, obsolete) To prohibit, forbid.
    • 1485, Syr Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Bk.XVIII, Ch.ij:
      Broder said sir launcelot wete ye wel I am ful lothe to departe oute of this realme / but the quene hath defended me soo hyhely / that me semeth she wille neuer be my good lady as she hath ben
  4. (transitive) To ward off attacks from; to fight to protect; to guard.
  5. (transitive) To support by words or writing; to vindicate, talk in favour of.
  6. (transitive, law) To make legal defence of; to represent (the accused).
  7. (sports) To focus one's energies and talents on preventing opponents from scoring, as opposed to focusing on scoring.
  8. (sports) To attempt to retain a title, or attempt to reach the same stage in a competition as one did in the previous edition of that competition.
  9. (poker slang) To call a raise from the big blind.

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