verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of fend
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.
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|Josh Rogin|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In Arkansas, Democrat Mark Pryor is trying to fend off a strong challenge from Republican Tom Cotton.
By jumping into the race, Lewis could force Emanuel to govern to the left to fend off her attacks.
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|Andrew Slater|June 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But, even if she had never spoken to me on the subject, I could not fend myself to the cruel plots of that villain.Willy Reilly|William Carleton
She's very careful of her young till they're about a fortnight old, though soon afterwards she lets them 'fend' for themselves.Creatures of the Night|Alfred W. Rees
I ha' heered her manderin' on, 'let things be comf'table for Depper,' and let her fend for herself.A Sheaf of Corn|Mary E. Mann
Gandia threw up an arm to fend his breast, and the blade buried itself in the muscles.The Historical Nights' Entertainment|Rafael Sabatini
And that's what vexes me mair than a' the rest, when I think how I am to fend for ye now in thae brickle times.Old Mortality, Complete, Illustrated|Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for fend
Word Origin for fend
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.