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English verb: defend

1. defend (communication) argue or speak in defense of

SamplesShe supported the motion to strike.

Synonymsfend for, support

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

Broader (hypernym)argue, reason

Narrower (hyponym)apologise, apologize, excuse, justify, rationalise, rationalize, stand up, stick up, uphold

2. defend (competition) be on the defensive; act against an attack

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)keep, prevent

Narrower (hyponym)arrest, bulwark, check, contain, hold back, protect, stop, turn back, ward off

Entailcontend, fight, struggle

Antonymsattack, assail

3. defend (competition) protect against a challenge or attack

SamplesHold that position behind the trees!.
Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks.

Synonymsguard, hold

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)protect

Verb grouphold

4. defend (competition) fight against or resist strongly

SamplesThe senator said he would oppose the bill.
Don't fight it!.

Synonymsfight, fight back, fight down, oppose

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)contend, fight, struggle

Narrower (hyponym)drive back, fend, fight off, hold out, rebuff, recalcitrate, repel, repulse, resist, resist, stand, stand firm, withstand

5. defend (competition) protect or fight for as a champion


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support

6. defend (social) be the defense counsel for someone in a trial

SamplesMs. Smith will represent the defendant.

ExamplesThey want to defend the prisoners


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


7. defend (communication) state or assert

SamplesHe maintained his innocence.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)affirm

Narrower (hyponym)vindicate

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