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defend

Synonyms and Antonyms of defend

1 to drive danger or attack away from
  • a solemn oath to defend the mother country at any cost
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Phrases Synonymous with defend

stand up for

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2 to continue to declare to be true or proper despite opposition or objections
  • She will defend her friends to the bitter end.
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Phrases Synonymous with defend

stand up for, stick up for

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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

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