- to ward off (often followed by off): to fend off blows.
- to defend.
- to resist or make defense: to fend against poverty.
- to parry; fence.
- to shift; provide: to fend for oneself.
Origin of fend
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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
December 19, 2014
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
October 31, 2014
They also emboldened the Kurdish defenders, who are lightly armed and fending off heavy armor.America’s WTF Air War in Syria
October 6, 2014
The Kansas Governor should be cruising to re-election and fending off 2016 rumors.Sam Brownback’s Kansas Catastrophe
July 20, 2014
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
March 20, 2014
He didn't feel like fending off women at this hour of the morning.Mezzerow Loves Company
Floyd L. Wallace
I endeavoured to avoid the encounter, and ran backward, fending him off with my knife.The Hunters' Feast
Up, up, he rose, fending off from the wall with feet and hands.Connie Morgan in Alaska
James B. Hendryx
Richard and Edward devoted themselves to fending and swimming.The Life of Sir Richard Burton
With it he dared to go anywhere, knowing that it would furnish him food and fending.The Way to the West
- (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
- Scot and Northern English dialect a shift or effort
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.