fend

[ fend ]
/ fɛnd /

verb (used with object)

to ward off (often followed by off): to fend off blows.
to defend.

verb (used without object)

to resist or make defense: to fend against poverty.
to parry; fence.
to shift; provide: to fend for oneself.

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Origin of fend

1250–1300; Middle English fenden, aphetic variant of defenden to defend

SYNONYMS FOR fend

5 manage, make out, get along.

OTHER WORDS FROM fend

un·fend·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fending

fend
/ (fɛnd) /

verb

(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

noun

Scot and Northern English dialect a shift or effort

Word Origin for fend

C13 fenden, shortened from defenden to defend
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