forfend

[ fawr-fend ]
/ fɔrˈfɛnd /

verb (used with object)

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

Nearby words

  1. foreyard,
  2. forfaiting,
  3. forfar,
  4. forfeit,
  5. forfeiture,
  6. forfex,
  7. forficate,
  8. forfochen,
  9. forgat,
  10. forgather

Also forefend.

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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Word Origin and History for forfend

forfend

v.

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

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