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English verb: fend

1. fend (social) try to manage without help


SamplesThe youngsters had to fend for themselves after their parents died.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)contend, cope, deal, get by, grapple, make do, make out, manage

2. fend (competition) withstand the force of something


SamplesThe trees resisted her.
Stand the test of time.
The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow.


Synonymsresist, stand


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)defend, fight, fight back, fight down, oppose


Verb groupremain firm, stand









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