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forfend

[ fawr-fend ]
/ fɔrˈfɛnd /
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verb (used with object)
to defend, secure, or protect.
to fend off, avert, or prevent.
Archaic. forbid.
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Also forefend [fawr-fend, fohr-] /fɔrˈfɛnd, foʊr-/ .

Origin of forfend

First recorded in 1350–1400, forfend is from the Middle English word forfenden.See for-, fend
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British Dictionary definitions for forfend

forfend

forefend

/ (fɔːˈfɛnd) /

verb (tr)
US to protect or secure
obsolete to prohibit or prevent
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