Origin of fend
OTHER WORDS FROM fendun·fend·ed, adjective
Words nearby fend
What is a basic definition of fend?
Fend is a verb that means to force back. Fend can also mean to provide for or support. Fend has a few other senses as a verb.
Fend means to force back or repel someone or something. In this sense, fend is almost always followed by the word off. This sense of fend can be used literally or figuratively. Usually, you would try to fend off something unpleasant or harmful.
- Real-life examples: Cows often have to fend off swarms of flies and gnats that try to bite them. A celebrity’s bodyguard may need to fend off excited fans that are trying to get too close. A business owner will fend off competition.
- Used in a sentence: An alpha wolf must fend off any younger wolves that try to attack it or its pups.
Fend can also mean to support or provide for, especially for yourself. For example, a person without friends or family must fend for themselves and try to survive without any help.
- Real-life examples: People trapped on a deserted island must fend for themselves. Siblings may have to fend for each other when their parents can’t even fend for themselves.
- Used in a sentence: She never knew her parents and had to fend for herself since she was a child.
Where does fend come from?
The first records of fend come from around 1250. It comes from the Middle English fenden, a variation of the verb defenden, meaning “to defend.”
Fend shares an origin with the word defend and can be used as a synonym. However, this usage is now very rare.
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What are some other forms related to fend?
- unfended (adjective)
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How is fend used in real life?
Fend most often means to repel something or to provide for, most often providing for yourself.
Just saw my toddler fend off our dog from taking his baby sister's biscuit. Was so proud of him until I realised he's the real predator. HE wanted the biscuit for himself. #theft
— Bubz (@bubzbeauty) March 17, 2018
House Speaker Paul Ryan is acknowledging "nobody knows" if the sweeping tax cuts Congress is enacting will produce enough economic growth to fend off soaring federal deficits
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) December 20, 2017
Thinking about how in high school we had a lockdown drill and my teacher hid in the closet and left us to fend for ourselves
— Morgan (@FroganMeeman) January 29, 2021
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Is fend used correctly in the following sentence?
The hungry puppy had to fend off his brothers and sisters as they tried to steal his food.
How to use fend in a sentence
Mori spent much of Thursday attempting to apologize and fend off calls for his resignation.Head of Tokyo Olympic committee says it must limit women because they talk too much|Clay Chandler|February 4, 2021|Fortune
In order for the FAST platforms to fend off this influx of competition, “you have to differentiate yourself,” said a second agency executive.Future of TV Briefing: Free, ad-supported streaming TV bubble nears an inflection point|Tim Peterson|January 20, 2021|Digiday
States, left by the federal government to fend for themselves, have struggled to get a handle on the logistics of distribution.
Some people with mild infections may not need to marshal a significant immune response to fend off the virus, Foxman says.
Every financial institution is looking to digital transformation to meet rising customer expectations for speed and convenience, lower its operating cost, and fend off competition, including from tech companies moving into financial services.Banks need to strike the right balance for digital transformation|Martha Leibs|January 15, 2021|MIT Technology Review
“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
As soon as it awoke, the whole of the little Court was discharged; every one had to fend for himself as best he could.
Old Trull and Bonney caught up the pike-poles to fend off with.Left on Labrador|Charles Asbury Stephens
They had recently been turned loose to fend for themselves by their poor old master who was no longer able to feed them.Mighty Mikko|Parker Fillmore
In blind distress he stumbled to his feet and shied from her with hands outspread to fend away the monstrous thing.Where the Pavement Ends|John Russell
"Can't help it, Griffiths—let the weakest fend off," was the hero's reply.