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verb fend pronunciation in American English /fend/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyfend
he/she/itfends
present participlefending
past tensefended
past participlefended
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phrasal verb

fend off

[transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyfend off
he/she/itfends off
present participlefending off
past tensefended off
past participlefended off
  1. 1
    to defend yourself against an attack
    His opponent jumped back and tried to fend off the blows.
  2. 2
    to protect yourself from a criticism or difficulty by ignoring it or not dealing directly with it
    So far he has managed to fend off attacks on his reputation.

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