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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This versatility is thought to be incredibly appealing for Juventus, who had to fend off interest from Milan to get this deal over the line. SI.com, "Juventus Agree Deal to Sign Luca Pellegrini With Leonardo Spinazzola Leaving to Join Roma," 28 June 2019 Lois, in fact, has to fend off two married men — the other being Howard Bartlett (Matt Fletcher), whom post-war struggles have turned into a drunk. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Griffin Theatre's 'For Services Rendered' is like 'Downton Abbey,' about the wrenching change of the Great War," 3 June 2019 Some have taken to stuffing laundry dryer sheets in their clothing, saying the scent fends off the bugs. Kris Maher, WSJ, "The Black Fly Is Here for Your Blood—and Dignity," 16 June 2019 In each comment, Wilson, retired only in the most technical sense, looked forward more than back, eager to spur everyone from school children to the world’s elected leaders to save space for non-human life and fend off a brewing mass extinction. National Geographic, "E.O. Wilson at 90: The conservation legend shares dreams for the future," 10 June 2019 There’s no right way to handle a tough situation that magically fends off regrets. oregonlive.com, "Carolyn Hax: Father who abandoned us when I was a baby and now wants to reconnect should go jump in a lake," 10 June 2019 Not ready to quit, Anisimova broke to lead 2-1 and had just fended off three break points when, at deuce, her coach signaled from the stands that play should stop because the rain picked up. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "Something new: A French Open final for Ash Barty, Marketa Vondrousova," 7 June 2019 If manufacturers are not required to provide their products’ safety information to the FDA, that leaves salons, hairdressers, and consumers to vet and fend for themselves. Longreads, "True Roots," 5 June 2019 The report was released as Facebook fends off numerous accusations of incompetent or underhanded behavior. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Facebook removed a lot of spam, violence, and fake accounts this year," 15 Nov. 2018

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

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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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