verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of fend
Examples from the Web for fending
Joseph LaRocca says some companies are upping the ante in terms of fending off return fraudsters.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They ended up crawling for much of the journey, scaling electric fences and fending off wild animals in freezing conditions.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State|Lizzie Crocker|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They also emboldened the Kurdish defenders, who are lightly armed and fending off heavy armor.
The Kansas Governor should be cruising to re-election and fending off 2016 rumors.
At the same time, Tea Partyers are fending off Republican attempts to “kneecap” the movement as a whole, says Carender.With Incumbents To Protect, The Tea Party Is Now Playing Defense|Michelle Cottle|March 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"Don't be absurd, man," replied Smith, fending off the dog as well as he could.Round the World in Seven Days|Herbert Strang
Age dropped from her; she became for a moment a young mother anticipating joyously all that "fending" implied.The Soul of Susan Yellam|Horace Annesley Vachell
A Minister with a piece of typewritten paper seemed to be fending off volleys of insults.A Diversity of Creatures|Rudyard Kipling
The grind of fending for herself in a city had taught her the necessity of self-control.North of Fifty-Three|Bertrand W. Sinclair
All were hardy, active youngsters who took to fending for themselves as naturally as a day-old chick takes to scratching.Days of the Discoverers|L. Lamprey
British Dictionary definitions for fending
Word Origin for fend
Word Origin and History for fending
late 13c., shortening of defend. To fend for oneself (1620s) is to see to one's own defense. Related: Fended; fending.