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verb defend pronunciation in British English /dɪˈfend/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledefending
past tensedefended
past participledefended
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to protect someone or something from attack
    Thousands of young men came forward, willing to defend their country.
    defend someone/something from/against something: Steps are being taken to defend the city against attack.
    defend yourself: You have a right to defend yourself if you are being attacked.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to prevent something from failing, stopping, or being taken away
    Hundreds of miners are fighting to defend their jobs.
    We will defend their right to free speech.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to say things to support someone or something that is being criticized
    Mr Rose defended the committee’s decision to publish the report early.
    strongly/strenuously/vigorously defend: He vigorously defended his party’s record on human rights.
    defend yourself against something: They must be given the opportunity to defend themselves against these allegations.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to play in a team sport in a position in which you are trying to prevent the other team from getting points
    The opposition defended brilliantly in the second half.
  5. 5
    [transitive] to attempt to win a competition that you won last time in order to keep your position as winner
    She will be defending her Wimbledon title later this month.
    successfully defend: Can Baxter successfully defend his heavyweight championship?
  6. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] legal to be the lawyer in a court case who tries to prove that someone is not guilty


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