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fend

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/ fɛnd /
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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.
5 manage, make out, get along.

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Origin of fend

1250–1300; Middle English fenden, aphetic variant of defenden to defend
un·fend·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fend

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
C13 fenden, shortened from defenden to defend
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