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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.

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

    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.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. defend, support, fend forverb

    argue or speak in defense of

    "She supported the motion to strike"

    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

    attack, prosecute, assail

  2. defendverb

    be on the defensive; act against an attack

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

    prosecute, assail, attack

  3. defend, guard, holdverb

    protect against a challenge or attack

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

    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

    prosecute, attack, assail

  4. fight, oppose, fight back, fight down, defendverb

    fight against or resist strongly

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

    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

    assail, attack, prosecute

  5. champion, defendverb

    protect or fight for as a champion

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

    attack, prosecute, assail

  6. defend, representverb

    be the defense counsel for someone in a trial

    "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"

    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

    prosecute, assail, attack

  7. maintain, defendverb

    state or assert

    "He maintained his innocence"

    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

    attack, prosecute, assail

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. defendverb

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

  2. defendverb

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. defendverb

    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. Rams COO Kevin Demoff:

    I think you saw Sean on stage today, he’s ready to go defend our title.

  2. Carl Schuster:

    They can defend. but they can't punch back.

  3. Scott Israel:

    We will vigorously defend against these spurious charges that lack basis in fact and law.

  4. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon:

    We are reinforcing our guard, we will continue to defend the right of the islanders to determine their future and to maintain their way of life against whatever threats may arise.

  5. Natalya Plokhova:

    The authorities have become brazen. It's time to defend our rights.

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