From Middle English defender, deffender, defendere, defendour, defendoure, partly from Anglo-Norman defendour, from Old French defendëor; partly from Middle English defenden + -ere, equivalent to defend + -er.
defender (plural defenders)
- Someone who defends people or property.
- (sports) One of the players whose primary task is to prevent the opposition from scoring.
- A fighter who seeks to repel an attack.
- (law, rare) A lawyer who represents defendants, especially a public defender; a defense attorney (US) or defence counsel (UK).
- 1822, Thomas Bayly Howell, A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the Earliest Period to the Year 1783, page 729:
- There was another protection to which she was intitled by that law, namely, a defender; but she had none.
- 2007, Barry Krisberg, Susan Marchionna, & Christopher Baird, Continuing the Struggle for Justice, →ISBN, page 248:
- So, what is contemplated under this model is that the defender would work with civil legal services lawyers to address the clients' needs.
- 2010, Henry L. Hecht, Effective Depositions, →ISBN, page 243:
- It puts you at the head of the table, at a right angle to the witness; the court reporter sits to your right, and the defender sits on the witness's far side.
- (Scotland, law) A defendant in a civil action.
- to defend
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defender (Latin spelling)
- to prohibit
- to defend (repel an attack)
- to defend (represent as a legal professional)
- (rhetoric) to defend
- to support (to back a cause, party etc.)
- (sports) to defend (to prevent the opponent from scoring)
- (sports, intransitive) to play in defense
- (higher education) to formally present a dissertation, thesis or project
- first-person singular (eu) personal infinitive of defender
- third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) personal infinitive of defender
- first-person singular (eu) future subjunctive of defender
- third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) future subjunctive of defender
For quotations using this term, see Citations:defender.
Audio (Peru) (file)
- to defend, to protect, to hold down (contra (“against”), de (“from”))
- Synonym: proteger
- to stand up for, to stick up for
- ¿Y quién puede defendernos? ― And who can defend us?
- to uphold
- defender la ley ― to uphold the law
- to prohibit
- Synonym: prohibir
- to claim
- (reflexive) to fight back
- (reflexive) to defend oneself, to protect oneself
- (reflexive) to stand up for oneself, to stick up for oneself
- (takes a reflexive pronoun) to fend off (+ de)
- (takes a reflexive pronoun) to get by
These forms are generated automatically and may not actually be used. Pronoun usage varies by region.