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defend/dɪˈfɛnd/verb
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defend
/dɪˈfɛnd/
verb
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Learner's definition of DEFEND  
: to fight in order to keep (someone or something) safe : to not allow a person or thing to hurt, damage, or destroy (someone or something)
[+ object]
— often + from or against
[no object]
— usually + against
[+ object]  : to fight or work hard in order to keep (something, such as a right, interest, cause, etc.) from being taken away
[+ object]  : to speak or write in support of (someone or something that is being challenged or criticized)
sports  : to try to stop opponents from scoring
[+ object]
[no object]
— often + against
[+ object]  : to compete in order to try to keep (a title, championship, etc.)
[+ object]  : to work as a lawyer for (someone who is being sued or accused of a crime)

— defender

noun,pluraldefenders[count]
— see also public defender

— defending

adjective
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