fend

verb
\ˈfend \
fended; fending; fends

Definition of fend 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2a : to try to get along without help : shift had to fend for themselves

b : to provide a livelihood

fend

noun

Definition of fend (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly Scotland

: an effort or attempt especially for oneself

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Synonyms & Antonyms for fend

Synonyms: Verb

bulwark, cover, defend, fence, forfend, guard, keep, protect, safeguard, screen, secure, shield, ward

Antonyms: Verb

assail, assault, attack

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Examples of fend in a Sentence

Verb

uses self-deprecating humor to fend herself from serious criticism

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The adoptions rarely materialized, and the children often became wards of the state or were left to fend for themselves in strange cities. John D'anna, azcentral, "Think child separations are unprecedented? Here are 3 heartbreaking examples from history," 21 June 2018 Ferro, who previously owned the Chicago Sun-Times, was in the midst of fending off a hostile takeover bid from Gannett when the name, which stood for Tribune Online Content, was introduced to widespread ridicule. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Tronc completes LA Times sale, may change corporate name," 18 June 2018 While Don Balon's rumours may not be cause for concern for too many of the more discerning Liverpool fans, many in the media are tipping the Reds for a difficult summer of fending off bids for their star asset. SI.com, "Spanish Report Claims Real Madrid Are Lining Up a Part Exchange Deal for Liverpool Star," 20 Mar. 2018 The most active members of the coalition trying to fend off an Amazon win are Oracle Corp., Microsoft Corp., and International Business Machines Corp., according to two people familiar with the matter. Naomi Nix, Bloomberg.com, "Amazon Has Plenty of Foes in Pentagon Cloud Deal," 26 June 2018 Their real habit was armed bank robbery, N.J. prosecutors say Two 911 calls had come in, deputies said: One from neighbors who heard the shooting, and another from the family trying to fend Skinner off. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "He flew from New Zealand to meet a Virginia 14-year-old. Mom greeted him with a gun, cops say," 25 June 2018 Project managers have tried to fend off comparisons to Dunkin’ Donuts Park. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Demolition To Begin On Derelict Dillon Stadium," 22 June 2018 At least 11 people have been killed, including a man with a license who tried to fend off carjackers on the West Side. chicagotribune.com, "Almost nothing is known about dozens of concealed carry shootings in Illinois. Why?," 15 June 2018 Automakers are taking steps toward a future where mobility services will make individual car-ownership less necessary, while trying to fend off technology giants targeting the same market. Fortune, "Toyota Is Investing $1 Billion in the Ride Hailing Company That Bought Uber's Southeast Asia Business," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And sensitive types should look to Kevin Murphy’s Maxi Wash, a pretreatment that balances your scalp to its ideal 5.5 to 6.5 pH range and fends off any irritation from color sessions. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "The Supercharged Detox Ingredient That’s Missing From Your Shampoo," 14 June 2018 Singletary made three three-pointers in the third quarter, helping fend off a couple different mini runs that Lumberton had. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Byrd's 41 boosts Kingwood Park to opening round playoff win," 13 Feb. 2018 Instead of letting the fish fend for themselves while trying to reach the ocean, they are intercepted and taken to the hatchery at Cherrylane to be reconditioned. Eric Barker, idahostatesman, "About 100 steelhead repeat spawners released on Snake River | Idaho Statesman," 30 Oct. 2017 Instead of letting the fish fend for themselves while trying to reach the ocean, they are intercepted and taken to the hatchery at Cherrylane to be reconditioned. Eric Barker, idahostatesman, "About 100 steelhead repeat spawners released on Snake River | Idaho Statesman," 30 Oct. 2017 Instead of letting the fish fend for themselves while trying to reach the ocean, they are intercepted and taken to the hatchery at Cherrylane to be reconditioned. Eric Barker, idahostatesman, "About 100 steelhead repeat spawners released on Snake River | Idaho Statesman," 30 Oct. 2017 Instead of letting the fish fend for themselves while trying to reach the ocean, they are intercepted and taken to the hatchery at Cherrylane to be reconditioned. Eric Barker, idahostatesman, "About 100 steelhead repeat spawners released on Snake River | Idaho Statesman," 30 Oct. 2017 Instead of letting the fish fend for themselves while trying to reach the ocean, they are intercepted and taken to the hatchery at Cherrylane to be reconditioned. Eric Barker, idahostatesman, "About 100 steelhead repeat spawners released on Snake River | Idaho Statesman," 30 Oct. 2017 Instead of letting the fish fend for themselves while trying to reach the ocean, they are intercepted and taken to the hatchery at Cherrylane to be reconditioned. Eric Barker, idahostatesman, "About 100 steelhead repeat spawners released on Snake River | Idaho Statesman," 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of fend

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1721, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fend

Verb

Middle English fenden, short for defenden "to defend"

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The first known use of fend was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for fend

fend

verb
\ˈfend \
fended; fending

Kids Definition of fend

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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