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
dialect British :  to provide for :  support
intransitive verb
1
dialect 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

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