[ 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.

Origin of fend

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


5 manage, make out, get along.

Related forms

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


/ (fɛnd) /


(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 for fend

C13 fenden, shortened from defenden to defend
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