verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of defend
Examples from the Web for defend
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
During coverage of that issue, Farrell went on a WSMB AM radio talk show to defend Duke.
When our elected representatives assume their respective offices, they take an oath to “protect and defend the Constitution.”
“Once we get to the point of being able to defend the case, then the thing can move forward,” he told the Beast.Prosecutors Have No Idea When 9/11 Mastermind’s Trial Will Start|Tim Mak|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not ones to shy away from a fight, the Sailor Senshi defend their leader to the death.‘Sailor Moon’ Is an Oasis for Superheroes Who Can Save the Universe in Heels|Rich Goldstein|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I'm not going to assert myself, or defend myself in any way—to you.Lord Loveland Discovers America|C. N. Williamson
Gouy made no attempt to defend the principle of slave representation.
But these moments when she was obliged to defend him to herself were always when he was not with her.The Coast of Chance|Esther Chamberlain
When Pedro the Cruel had prevailed upon the prince to defend his cause, the princess bitterly bewailed her husband's decision. 'The Book-Hunter at Home|P. B. M. Allan
Here stands an English Earl, who will defend his earldom and the lands of his King.A Book of Golden Deeds|Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for defend
Word Origin for defend
Word Origin and History for defend
mid-13c., from Old French defendre (12c.) "defend, resist," and directly from Latin defendere "ward off, protect, guard, allege in defense," from de- "from, away" (see de-) + -fendere "to strike, push," from PIE root *gwhen- "to strike, kill" (see bane). In the Mercian hymns, Latin defendet is glossed by Old English gescildeð. Related: Defended; defending.