fend

verb
\ ˈfend How to pronounce fend (audio) \
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 men are either far away, or self-involved and useless: The women have to fend for themselves. Abhrajyoti Chakraborty, The New Republic, "Natalia Ginzburg’s Radical Clarity," 5 Aug. 2019 But Anderson will have to fend off what’s expected to be a spirited bid from true freshman Sean Rhyan, the most highly touted of the Bruins’ incoming recruits, for immediate playing time. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Five things to watch during UCLA’s training camp," 30 July 2019 Meanwhile, Biden will have to fend off attacks on his record on criminal justice from Harris and Booker to try to maintain his increasingly precarious status as the frontrunner. Madeleine Joung, Time, "The Second 2020 Democratic Debate Is Almost Here. Here’s Everything You Need to Know," 28 July 2019 Meanwhile, Dwayne has had to fend off his fair share of critics, too. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Has VERY Strong Feelings About Tom Brady’s Cliff Jumping Instagram," 22 July 2019 La Cañada fended off San Marino, 486 points to 439, to lift the league championship and convincingly held off Damien, 336 to 235, for the Division II title. Vincent Nguyen, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Looking Back: La Cañada teams fueled off pressure for successful campaigns," 24 July 2019 Antlers evolved to attract mates and fend off competing males, but when testosterone sags in the winter, the appendages are no longer necessary. Mike Koshmrl, National Geographic, "What it takes to catch antler thieves," 19 July 2019 While stumbling through the pangs of adolescence and smitten by the smile of the town's leading teen queen (Vinessa Shaw), Max must fend off not only the resident bullies but save his sister and all the other kids from the furies of the witches. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hocus Pocus': THR's 1993 Review," 16 July 2019 Their anti-inflammatory compounds, which protect cells from DNA damage, also fend off aging and may help manage inflammatory conditions, including type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and obesity. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "7 Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Instagram will soon account for a sizable part of owner Facebook’s revenue growth, and also keeps Facebook connected to younger people online while helping fend off a potential threat from rival Snapchat. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Inside the $21 billion market to track your every move," 11 Dec. 2018 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

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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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fend

verb
\ ˈfend How to pronounce fend (audio) \
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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