fend - definition and synonyms

verb 

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/fend/
present tense
I/you/we/theyfend
he/she/itfends
present participlefending
past tensefended
past participlefended

phrase

phrasal verb

fend off

[transitive]
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.