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fend

verb \ ˈfend \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of fend

transitive verb
1 : defend
2 : to keep or ward off : repel often used with off
  • fend off an invader
3 dialectal British : to provide for : support
intransitive verb
1 dialectal 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 in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of fend

Middle English fenden, short for defenden


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fend

noun

Definition of fend

chiefly Scotland
: an effort or attempt especially for oneself

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First Known Use of fend

1721



FEND Defined for Kids

fend

verb \ ˈfend \

Definition of fend for Students

fended; fending
1 : to drive away or repel
  • I tried to fend off an attack.
2 : to get along without help
  • You'll have to fend for yourself.


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