Definitions of defend

  1.   protect or fight for as a champion
  2.   be the defense counsel for someone in a trial Ms Smith will represent the defendant
  3.   argue or speak in defense of She supported the motion to strike
  4.   state or assert He maintained his innocence
  5.   fight against or resist strongly The senator said he would oppose the bill Don't fight it
  6.   be on the defensive act against an attack
  7.   protect against a challenge or attack Hold that position behind the trees Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks
  8.   To prohibit to forbid
  9.   To ward or fend off to drive back or away to repel
  10.   To repel danger or harm from to protect to secure against attack to maintain against force or argument to uphold to guard as to defend a town to defend a cause to defend character to defend the absent sometimes followed by from or against as to defend one's self from or against one's enemies
  11.   To deny the right of the plaintiff in regard to the suit or the wrong charged to oppose or resist as a claim at law to contest as a suit
  12.   Defender
  13.   To guard or protect from harm or violence as the navy defends our seacoast maintain or uphold as one's legal rights by force of argument or evidence contest as a suit
  14.   To guard protect maintain against attack resist in law
  15.   To protect maintan justify vindicate make defense
  16.   Defendable
  17.   To ward off to maintain against an attack or a charge to resist to prohibit to drive back a foe to protect to vindicate
  18.   To enter defence
  19.   To maintain or vindicate by force or argument to secure against attack to shelter to cover to guard to resist or repel

Quotes of defend

  1. Among the natural rights of the colonists are these First a right to life secondly to liberty and thirdly to property together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can – Samuel Adams
  2. But if our hopes are betrayed if we are forced to resist the invasion of our soil and to defend our threatened homes this duty however hard it may be will find us armed and resolved upon the greatest sacrifices – King Albert II
  3. Our Nation must defend the sanctity of marriage – George W. Bush
  4. You do not defend a world that is already lost – Garet Garrett
  5. As we look forward to freedom the shining city on the hill and the best days of America lying ahead it is the men and women in uniform who protect defend and make us proud to whom we should look and give thanks every night – Robin Hayes
  6. Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice – Lillian Hellman
  7. These thieves defend themselves by saying 'I was there all the time and the officials missed me Favorite excuses for missing surveillance checkpoints jacket covered the number took off the shirt with the number hidden in a crowd – Joe Henderson
  8. It is not enough to merely defend democracy To defend it may be to lose it to extend it is to strengthen it Democracy is not property it is an idea – Hubert H. Humphrey
  9. I hate the Communists and have for many years and don't feel right about giving up my career to defend them I will give up my film career if it is in the interests of defending something I believe in but not this – Elia Kazan
  10. We are quite rich enough to defend ourselves whatever the cost We must now learn that we are quite rich enough to educate ourselves as we need to be educated – Walter Lippmann
  11. The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion but rather to know it – Andre Maurois
  12. Thank God we're going to try to continue and effectively defend our frontiers with the Border Patrol with the Customs Department with the Coast Guard with the Armed Forces – Barry McCaffrey
  13. If any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a "peace conference you can be sure his government has already placed its orders for new battleships and airplanes – Joseph Stalin
  14. We all want to be someone else but without ceasing to be ourselves I think it's very important to defend this idea in real life too – Antonio Tabucchi
  15. There is nothing worth having that can he obtained by nuclear war nothing material or ideological no tradition that it can defend It is utterly self -defeating – George Wald

Usage examples for defend

  1. “ For we are at such an age that we are no longer able to rule much less to defend the empire – The White Knight: Tirant lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell and Marti Johan d'Galba
  2. Come draw and defend yourself – Robin Hood by J. Walker McSpadden
  3. But you must not think she added that I defend my brother – Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton
  4. As to that said Archer he is your friend and you are right to defend him and I won't say another word against him – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth
  5. He gave up at once he didn't try to defend himself – Indian Summer by William D. Howells
  6. He loaded his gun and determined to defend himself – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
  7. “ I cried anxious to defend poor Peter and his quixotic plot – The Lightning Conductor Discovers America by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
  8. If Nance was innocent why had she kept all this from him why had she refused in the end to let him defend her good name – Calvary Alley by Alice Hegan Rice
  9. Good but why defend yourself – Bohemians of the Latin Quarter by Henry Murger
  10. They died to defend me – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  11. He turned to me again before the bailiff could defend himself – The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins
  12. It fell to her to guard and defend her mother and her father – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  13. You can't defend what you're doing – The Fourth Series Plays, Complete by John Galsworthy
  14. But the farmer because he hated Alister and knew that Alister must have seen him running away gave it out that he himself was rushing to defend Mary and that the blow that killed her was meant for him – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  15. It can defend itself – Pleasure & Profit in Bible Study by Dwight Moody
  16. He was obliged to keep watch and defend himself thus through all that long night – A Desperate Voyage by Edward Frederick Knight
  17. As I helped to defend Mrs Clarke and as we won and she was proved to be an innocent woman and as I believe in her and admire her very much I'm sensitive for her – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  18. But they're going to have this bright young lawyer defend him and they have hopes ” – Somewhere in Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  19. “ I shall not be able to defend myself – The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
  20. Defend himself as he would those who had arrested him knew too well how great a wrong they had done him now to let him live – The Golden Age in Transylvania by Mór Jókai

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