defend, support, fend for(verb)
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
be on the defensive; act against an attack
defend, guard, hold(verb)
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
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!"
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
protect or fight for as a champion
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
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
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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.
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How to use defend in a sentence?
I'm hoping that the Michael Jackson Legacy Foundation will be able to move forward in a positive way to help preserve, protect and defend all of what Michael Jackson did during his life and to maintain someone who helped open so many doors for so many people.
They will not accept this. And they will fight again, so you have two choices: start another war against them to start another crisis, or to understand the aspirations of the people, and to avoid any political crisis or unrest in the region. They will likely defend their interests if they feel their interests are marginalized in the diplomatic process.
The Fifth Circuit's powerful and well-reasoned opinion correctly found that the State likely would prevail on its argument that Texas's mail-in voting laws comply with the U.S. Constitution, this is clearly a ploy by the Texas Democratic Party to further confuse Texas voters. This office will continue to defend the integrity of our electoral process.
The goal for this program is to get them to ... defend their communities, protect their own neighbors and then go on the offense against ISIL, nothing has changed about the policy that there is not going to be a U.S. military solution to Assad.
His brutal, bullying bigotry runs contrary to the very principles our forefathers fought so hard to defend.
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- حمى, أجارArabic
- защитавам, браняBulgarian
- υπερασπίζομαι, αμύνομαι, υπεραμύνομαιGreek
- 守る, 防ぐJapanese
- teneo, defendoLatin
- wawao, whakangunguMāori
- forsvare, verne, beskytteNorwegian
- proteger, defenderPortuguese
- защитить, оборонять, беречь, защищать, оберегатьRussian
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