Thesaurus

defend

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of defend

  1. 1 to drive danger or attack away from a solemn oath to defend the mother country at any cost Synonyms of defend bulwark, cover, fence, fend, forfend, guard, keep, protect, safeguard, screen, secure, shield, ward Words Related to defend avert, prevent; oppose, resist, withstand; battle, contend, fight, war; conserve, preserve, save; buffer, palisade, picket, wall Phrases stand up for Near Antonyms of defend bombard, storm; beset, besiege, overrun; capitulate, cave, submit, yield Antonyms of defend assail, assault, attack

  2. 2 to continue to declare to be true or proper despite opposition or objections she will pigheadedly defend any claim regardless of all evidence to the contrary Synonyms of defend maintain, justify, support, upholdWords Related to defend advocate, champion, espouse; confirm, vindicate, warrant; affirm, assert, aver, avouch, avow, claim, contend, insist, plead, proclaim, profess, protest, state; argue, debate, discuss; emphasize, stress, underline, underscoreNear Antonyms of defend abandon, abjure, forsake, recant, retract, take back, withdraw; reverse, switch; controvert, disprove, rebut, refute

Synonym Discussion of defend

defend, protect, shield, guard, safeguard mean to keep secure from danger or against attack. defend denotes warding off actual or threatened attack.
    • defend the country
protect implies the use of something (such as a covering) as a bar to the admission or impact of what may attack or injure.
    • a hard hat to protect your head
shield suggests protective intervention in imminent danger or actual attack.
    • shielded her eyes from the sun with her hand
guard implies protecting with vigilance and force against expected danger.
    • White House entrances are well guarded
safeguard implies taking precautionary protective measures against merely possible danger.
    • our civil liberties must be safeguarded

synonyms see in addition maintain



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