defend  

  • Definition of defend

    • (v): argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike"  
    • (v): state or assert; "He maintained his innocence"  
    • (v): fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don''t fight it!"  
    • (v): be on the defensive; act against an attack  
    • (v): protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy''s attacks"  
    • (v): protect or fight for as a champion  
    • (v): be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"  

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