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verb (used with object)
  1. to ward off (often followed by off): to fend off blows.

  2. to defend.

verb (used without object)
  1. to resist or make defense: to fend against poverty.

  2. to parry; fence.

  1. to shift; provide: to fend for oneself.

Origin of fend

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

Other words for fend

Other words from fend

  • un·fend·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fend


/ (fɛnd) /

  1. (intr foll by for) to give support (to someone, esp oneself); provide (for)

  2. (tr usually foll by off) to ward off or turn aside (blows, questions, attackers, etc)

  1. (tr) archaic to defend or resist

  2. (intr) Scot and Northern English dialect to struggle; strive

  1. Scot and Northern English dialect a shift or effort

Origin of fend

C13 fenden, shortened from defenden to defend

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