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Synonyms for defend
dɪˈfɛndde·fend

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Wiktionary0.0 / 0 votes

  1. defendverb

    Antonyms:
    attack

  2. defendverb

    Antonyms:
    attack

  3. defendverb

    Antonyms:
    attack

  4. defendverb

    Antonyms:
    attack

  5. defendverb

    Antonyms:
    attack

  6. defendverb

    Antonyms:
    attack

  7. defendverb

    Antonyms:
    attack

  8. defendverb

    Antonyms:
    attack

  9. defendverb

    Antonyms:
    attack

  10. defendverb

    Antonyms:
    attack

English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  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.

Princeton's WordNet1.5 / 2 votes

  1. defend, support, fend forverb

    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. defendverb

    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, holdverb

    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, defendverb

    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, defendverb

    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, representverb

    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, defendverb

    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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. defendverb

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

  2. defendverb

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. defendverb

    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. The President:

    If you go 150 years from now and we've had great success, that's not a number that's even thought to be affordable, it'll kill millions of jobs. It'll crush the dreams of the poorest Americans and disproportionately harm minority communities. I will not stand for it. We will defend the environment, but we will also defend American sovereignty, American prosperity, and we will defend American jobs.

  2. George Floyd:

    This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens ; to past generations that bled to defend our promise ; and to our children.

  3. Steve Reams:

    The person doesn't get a chance to defend themselves. They don't get a chance to plead their case. Their rights are taken before they're adjudicated.

  4. Antony Blinken:

    We don't seek to block China from its role as a major power, nor to stop China -- or any country for that matter -- from growing their economy or advancing the interests of their people. But we will defend and strengthen the international law, agreements, principles, and institutions that maintain peace and security, protect the rights of individuals and sovereign nations, and make it possible for all countries -- including the United States and China -- to coexist and cooperate.

  5. Blake Shelton:

    I defend our military, i don't like people who talk s--t about our military no matter what arm or leg it is.


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