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Synonyms for defend
dɪˈfɛnd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defend, support, fend for(verb)

    argue or speak in defense of

    "She supported the motion to strike"

    Synonyms:
    fight, digest, abide, tolerate, support, oppose, suffer, plunk for, hold up, endure, guard, stick out, confirm, fend for, patronise, back, back up, keep going, put up, corroborate, endorse, stomach, represent, fight back, bear out, affirm, subscribe, brook, indorse, patronage, stand, sustain, maintain, fight down, patronize, underpin, substantiate, hold, plump for, champion, bear

    Antonyms:
    attack, prosecute, assail

  2. defend(verb)

    be on the defensive; act against an attack

    Synonyms:
    represent, oppose, maintain, champion, fight, fight back, support, guard, fend for, hold, fight down

    Antonyms:
    prosecute, assail, attack

  3. defend, guard, hold(verb)

    protect against a challenge or attack

    "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"

    Synonyms:
    fight, book, retain, moderate, view as, support, apply, hold back, harbour, take hold, bind, deem, hold up, arrest, guard, take, have, concord, check, make, fend for, take for, go for, throw, defy, control, harbor, oppose, keep, obligate, ward, carry, give, adjudge, entertain, nurse, accommodate, represent, curb, fight back, confine, have got, restrain, withstand, agree, hold in, halt, contain, obtain, maintain, fight down, oblige, concur, keep back, sustain, prevail, reserve, admit, hold, declare, champion, bear

    Antonyms:
    prosecute, attack, assail

  4. fight, oppose, fight back, fight down, defend(verb)

    fight against or resist strongly

    "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!"

    Synonyms:
    fight, play off, counterbalance, represent, agitate, champion, press, support, guard, hold, campaign, oppose, struggle, match, react, pit, controvert, fend for, contradict, contend, maintain, fight down, fight back, crusade, push

    Antonyms:
    assail, attack, prosecute

  5. champion, defend(verb)

    protect or fight for as a champion

    Synonyms:
    represent, oppose, maintain, champion, fight, fight back, support, guard, fend for, hold, fight down

    Antonyms:
    attack, prosecute, assail

  6. defend, represent(verb)

    be the defense counsel for someone in a trial

    "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"

    Synonyms:
    fight, stand for, act, typify, play, be, represent, champion, support, guard, hold, comprise, symbolise, interpret, map, fend for, exemplify, maintain, correspond, lay out, make up, symbolize, fight down, fight back, stage, oppose, present, constitute

    Antonyms:
    prosecute, assail, attack

  7. maintain, defend(verb)

    state or assert

    "He maintained his innocence"

    Synonyms:
    fight, asseverate, keep up, keep, conserve, champion, support, guard, wield, hold, sustain, assert, oppose, fight back, fend for, maintain, fight down, observe, uphold, preserve, exert, represent

    Antonyms:
    attack, prosecute, assail

Wiktionary

  1. defend(verb)

    Antonyms:
    attack

  2. defend(verb)

    Antonyms:
    attack

  3. defend(verb)

    Antonyms:
    attack

  4. defend(verb)

    Antonyms:
    attack

  5. defend(verb)

    Antonyms:
    attack

  6. defend(verb)

    Antonyms:
    attack

  7. defend(verb)

    Antonyms:
    attack

  8. defend(verb)

    Antonyms:
    attack

  9. defend(verb)

    Antonyms:
    attack

  10. defend(verb)

    Antonyms:
    attack

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. defend

    Keep, signifying generally to have and retain in possession, is the terse, strong Saxon term for many acts which are more exactly discriminated by other words. We keep, observe, or celebrate a festival; we keep or hold a prisoner in custody; we keep or preserve silence, keep the peace, preserve order — preserve being the more formal word; we keep or maintain a horse, a servant, etc.; a man supports his family; we keep or obey a commandment; keep or fulfil a promise. In the expressions to keep a secret, keep one's own counsel, keep faith, or keep the faith, such words as preserve or maintain could not be substituted without loss. A person keeps a shop or store, conducts or carries on a business; he keeps or carries a certain line of goods; we may keep or restrain one from folly, crime, or violence; we keep from or refrain from evil, ourselves. Keep in the sense of guard or defend implies that the defense is effectual. Compare CELEBRATE; RESTRAIN.

    Synonyms:
    carry, carry on, celebrate, conduct, detain, fulfil, guard, hold, keep, maintain, obey, observe, preserve, protect, refrain, restrain, retain, support, sustain, withhold

    Preposition:
    Keep in hand, in mind, in or within the house; from evil; out of mischief; keep to the subject; keep for a person, an occasion, etc.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. defend(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    guard, PROTECT, shield, secure from danger, secure from attack

  2. defend(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    vindicate, assert, maintain, uphold, justify, espouse, plead

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. defend(v)

    Synonyms:
    guard, protect, shield, secure, screen, shelter, fortify, garrison, preserve, harbor, countenance, uphold, espouse, vindicate, advocate, plead, justify, maintain

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How to use defend in a sentence?

  1. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev:

    If it is actually formulated in this way this would undoubtedly be a default of Ukraine ... We would adopt as tough a position as possible in this case and defend our national interests.

  2. Carolyn Love:

    He said that, first of all, it would cost about $20,000 to defend, and even though he knew it wasn't true, he said, 'How do you prove a negative? How do you prove that you didn't do something?'.

  3. Neil Daswani:

    The more valuable the NFTs, the harder they will be to defend.

  4. Daniel Horowitz:

    You can only fool most of the people some of the time, every capitulation [congressional Republicans] engage in, every primary they win by getting across the finish line and they don't do what they've promised — it becomes that much tougher for them to defend.

  5. Roger Stone:

    Attack, attack, attack -- never defend, admit nothing, deny everything, launch counterattack.

Images & Illustrations of defend

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