fend


1fend

verb \ˈfend\

Definition of FEND

transitive verb
1
:  defend
2
:  to keep or ward off :  repel —often used with off <fend off an invader>
3
dial British :  to provide for :  support
intransitive verb
1
dial British :  to make an effort :  struggle
2
a :  to try to get along without help :  shift <had to fend for themselves>
b :  to provide a livelihood

Examples of FEND

  1. <uses self-deprecating humor to fend herself from serious criticism>

Origin of FEND

Middle English fenden, short for defenden
First Known Use: 14th century

2fend

noun

Definition of FEND

chiefly Scottish
:  an effort or attempt especially for oneself

First Known Use of FEND

1721

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: fender
Previous Word in the Dictionary: fencing patent
All Words Near: fend

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up fend? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).