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