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means or method of defending
  • the slightly built boy used his sharp wit as a shield against the school's bullies

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1 to drive danger or attack away from
  • celebrities who are shielded by a cluster of bodyguards whenever they appear in public

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2 to place a protective layer over
  • she shielded her eyes from the sun with her hand

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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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The first known use of shield was before the 12th century

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“Shield.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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