Definition of fend
1 : defend
2 : to keep or ward off : repel —often used with off fend off an invader
3 dialectal British : to provide for : support
1 dialectal British : to make an effort : struggle
2a : to try to get along without help : shift had to fend for themselvesb : to provide a livelihood
Examples of fend in a Sentence
uses self-deprecating humor to fend herself from serious criticism
Recent Examples of fend from the Web
One of the crew, Todd Wilson, eventually got shot trying to fend off a group of robbers in a drug deal gone bad.
But so far, the American nation had proven stunningly incapable of fending for itself, like a rebellious adolescent who takes leave of his family without a penny to his name.
Cisco Systems Inc. is placing a major bet on security to revive sluggish sales of networking switches, its biggest business, as part of a multiyear effort to fend off competitors and turn around the struggling company.
While Republicans have fended off another attempt to turn a House seat blue, there’s actually good news for Democrats in that result.
Laws and procedures need to evolve to fend off attacks.
In the Netherlands, the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy managed to fend off a challenge from a far-right firebrand …
The legal victory is the second for the city, which fended off a challenge in December.
To get the pivotal win, the 23-year-old Blaney had to fend off several veterans of NASCAR victory lanes.
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Origin and Etymology of fend
Middle English fenden, short for defenden
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of fend
: an effort or attempt especially for oneself
First Known Use of fend
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Definition of fend for Students
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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