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Dictionary definition for: Defend

1. (v) argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike"

2. (v) be on the defensive; act against an attack

3. (v) protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!" "Hold the bridge against the enemy''s attacks"

4. (v) fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill" "Don''t fight it!"

5. (v) protect or fight for as a champion

6. (v) be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"

7. (v) state or assert; "He maintained his innocence"

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