Defend

Definition of Defend

De`fend´   Pronunciation: dė`fĕnd´
v. t.1.To ward or fend off; to drive back or away; to repel.
[imp. & p. p. Defended; p. pr. & vb. n. Defending.]
Th' other strove for to defend
The force of Vulcan with his might and main.
- Spenser.
2.To prohibit; to forbid.
Which God defend that I should wring from him.
- Shak.
3.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.
The lord mayor craves aid . . . to defend the city.
- Shak.
God defend the right!
- Shak.
A village near it was defended by the river.
- Clarendon.
4.(Law.) 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.
As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it.
- Is. xxxi. 5.
Leave not the faithful side
That gave thee being, still shades thee and protects.
- Milton.

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