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Synonyms for defend

Synonyms for (verb) defend

Synonyms: fend for, support, defend Definition: argue or speak in defense of Usage: She supported the motion to strike

Similar words: reason, argue Definition: present reasons and arguments

Synonyms: maintain, defend Definition: state or assert Usage: He maintained his innocence

Similar words: affirm Definition: say yes to

Synonyms: fight, fight back, fight down, oppose, defend Definition: fight against or resist strongly Usage: The senator said he would oppose the bill; Don't fight it!

Similar words: fight, contend, struggle Definition: be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight Usage: the tribesmen fought each other; Siblings are always fighting; Militant groups are contending for control of the country

Synonyms: defend Definition: be on the defensive; act against an attack

Similar words: prevent, keep Definition: stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state Usage: We must prevent the cancer from spreading; His snoring kept me from falling asleep; Keep the child from eating the marbles

Synonyms: guard, hold, defend Definition: protect against a challenge or attack Usage: Hold that position behind the trees!; Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks

Similar words: protect Definition: shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage Usage: Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain

Synonyms: champion, defend Definition: protect or fight for as a champion

Similar words: plump for, plunk for, endorse, indorse, back, support Definition: be behind; approve of Usage: He plumped for the Labor Party; I backed Kennedy in 1960