W3S3 [dıˈfend] v
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: defendre, from Latin defendere, from fendere 'to hit']
1.) [I and T]
to do something in order to protect someone or something from being attacked
a struggle to defend our homeland
defend sth against/from sth
the need to defend democracy against fascism
defend yourself (against/from sb/sth)
advice on how women can defend themselves from sex attackers
defend against
We need to defend against military aggression.
2.) [T]
to use arguments to protect something or someone from criticism, or to prove that something is right
She was always defending her husband in front of their daughter.
Students should be ready to explain and defend their views.
defend sb against/from sb/sth
He defended his wife against rumours and allegations.
defend yourself (against/from sth)
Cooper wrote to the journal immediately, defending himself.
3.) [T]
to do something in order to stop something from being taken away or in order to make it possible for something to continue
the workers' attempts to defend their interests
We are defending the right to demonstrate.
4.) [I and T]
to protect your own team's end of the field in a game such as football, in order to prevent your opponents from getting points
Bournemouth defended well throughout the game.
5.) [T]
to take part in a competition that you won the last time it was held, and try to win it again
The world heavyweight champion was defending his title .
the defending champion
He is defending a Labour majority of 5,000.
6.) [I and T]
to be a lawyer for someone who has been charged with a crime
He had top lawyers to defend him.
Howard, defending, said Thompson had been drinking heavily.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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