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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Something in her past will turn out to be the key to fending off an alien war. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Neither bird nor plane: Captain Marvel blasts into space in new trailer," 4 Dec. 2018 The Verge spoke to Stoa about what’s fending off a corporate takeover, potential legal regulations that could help the industry remain small, and the environmental impact of farming. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Why the future of marijuana farming could be craft weed," 21 Nov. 2018 Brown was chosen to lead an advance group, called Forlorn Hope because of their chance of survival, to storm the redoubt armed with only bayonets and fending off musket fire and cannons. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Our history: Revolutionary War patriots among city settlers," 3 July 2018 Diederich noted that the CSU's motivation in precipitating the crisis likely stemmed from its interest in fending off the far-right, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) in October's elections. chicagotribune.com, "Merkel prevents breakup of German government with immigration deal," 2 July 2018 Crystal Palace have reportedly completed the signing of 14-year-old Nigerian starlet Jesse Nwabueze, after fending off interest from Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal. SI.com, "Crystal Palace Fend Off Interest From Chelsea and Arsenal to Sign Nigerian Starlet," 23 June 2018 The chestnut colt won the Kentucky Derby decisively, then won the Preakness after fending of some late challengers in sloppy conditions. Nora Princiotti, BostonGlobe.com, "Bob Baffert is hoping for a good break for Justify in the Belmont Stakes," 6 June 2018 At the same time, Republicans also have to keep an eye on fending off Democratic gains in November. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "Top 10 Ohio House Republican primary races to watch in 2018," 26 Mar. 2018 And that’s why Kavanaugh was confirmed: Our culture is one that still leaves survivors to fend for themselves. Josephine Yurcaba, Marie Claire, "How to Support the Survivors In Your Life This Week," 9 Oct. 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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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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