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fend

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verb \ˈfend\

Definition of fend

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  defend

  3. 2 :  to keep or ward off :  repel —often used with off <fend off an invader>

  4. 3 dial British :  to provide for :  support

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 dial British :  to make an effort :  struggle

  7. 2 a :  to try to get along without help :  shift <had to fend for themselves> b :  to provide a livelihood



Examples of fend in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology of fend

Middle English fenden, short for defenden


First Known Use: 14th century


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fend

noun

Definition of fend

chiefly Scottish

  1. :  an effort or attempt especially for oneself



1721

First Known Use of fend

1721

Rhymes with fend



FEND Defined for Kids

fend

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verb \ˈfend\

Definition of fend for Students

fended

fending

  1. 1 :  to drive away or repel <I tried to fend off an attack.>

  2. 2 :  to get along without help <You'll have to fend for yourself.>





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