Meaning of defend

Definition of defend

(verb) argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike"
be on the defensive; act against an attack
protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!"
protect or fight for as a champion
be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"
state or assert; "He maintained his innocence"

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