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defense(US)noun
or Britishdefence/dɪˈfɛns/
pluraldefenses
defense(US)
noun
or British defence /dɪˈfɛns/
pluraldefenses
Learner's definition of DEFENSE  
: the act of defending someone or something from attack
[noncount]
[count]
— see also self-defense
[count]  : something that is used to protect yourself, your country, etc. — often + against
: the act of speaking or writing in support of someone or something that is being attacked or criticized
[noncount]
— often used in the phrase in defense
[count]
— usually singular
[noncount]  : the things that are done by a country to protect itself from enemies — often used before another noun
[singular]  : the side of a legal case which argues that a person who is being sued or accused of a crime is innocent : the lawyer or lawyers who represent the defendant in a court case — often used before another noun
— compare prosecution
   b  [count]  : the method that is used in a court case to prove that someone is innocent
</1-->/ˈdiːˌfɛns/ 
: the group of players on a team who try to stop an opponent from scoring
[count]
[noncount]
   b  [noncount]  : the way that players on a team try to stop an opponent from scoring
— compare offense 4
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