- to ward off (often followed by off): to fend off blows.
- to defend.
- to resist or make defense: to fend against poverty.
- to parry; fence.
- to shift; provide: to fend for oneself.
Origin of fend
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Examples from the Web for fend
“Ordinarily, you see punch-counterpunch-punch,” as the attacked party tries to fend off the intruder, the former official said.Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 20, 2014
But in October, the United States turned to other parts of the battle, leaving the Yazidis largely to fend for themselves.Yazidis Face Genocide by ISIS After U.S. Turns Away
November 4, 2014
In Arkansas, Democrat Mark Pryor is trying to fend off a strong challenge from Republican Tom Cotton.Voters Don't Care About DC's Obsessions
September 11, 2014
By jumping into the race, Lewis could force Emanuel to govern to the left to fend off her attacks.Could Rahm Lose to This Infamous Union Leader?
July 3, 2014
The Iraqi government had air power and resources available to rescue VIPs but left its cities under siege to fend for themselves.The Paper Tiger of the Tigris: How ISIS Took Tikrit Without a Fight
June 29, 2014
He has not put us into His Universe and left us to fend for ourselves.The Conquest of Fear
I must tell you this: If you do this mad thing, you fend for yourself.The Eldest Son (Second Series Plays)
There were six of them, and after the death of her husband she had to fend for all.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
You know I am not particularly tender; I've had to strike and to fend off.Heart of Darkness
"I don't know what you are talking about," I bluntly tried to fend off his implications.
- (intr foll by for) to give support (to someone, esp oneself); provide (for)
- (tr usually foll by off) to ward off or turn aside (blows, questions, attackers, etc)
- (tr) archaic to defend or resist
- (intr) Scot and Northern English dialect to struggle; strive
- Scot and Northern English dialect a shift or effort
Word Origin and History for fend
late 13c., shortening of defend. To fend for oneself (1620s) is to see to one's own defense. Related: Fended; fending.