[ fawr-fend ]
/ fɔrˈfɛnd /

verb (used with object)

to defend, secure, or protect.
to fend off, avert, or prevent.
Archaic. forbid.
Also forefend.

Origin of forfend

First recorded in 1350–1400, forfend is from the Middle English word forfenden. See for-, fend Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (fɔːˈfɛnd) /

verb (tr)

US to protect or secure
obsolete to prohibit or prevent
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Word Origin and History for forfend



also forefend, late 14c., "to protect, prohibit; to avert, prevent," a hybrid from for- + fend, from Latin defendere "to ward off."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper