|1.||[ verb ] argue or speak in defense of|
"She supported the motion to strike"
|Related terms:||argue uphold apologize stand_up support defender defense|
|2.||[ verb ] be on the defensive; act against an attack|
|Related terms:||attack prevent protect check ward_off bulwark fight|
|3.||[ verb ] protect against a challenge or attack|
: "Hold that position behind the trees!" "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
|Related terms:||protect hold defender|
|4.||[ verb ] fight against or resist strongly|
|Synonyms:||fight oppose fight_down fight_back|
"The senator said he would oppose the bill" "Don't fight it!"
|Related terms:||fight resist repel resist recalcitrate combatant confrontation fighter|
|5.||[ verb ] protect or fight for as a champion|
|Related terms:||back defender|
|6.||[ verb ] be the defense counsel for someone in a trial|
"Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"
|Related terms:||prosecute defendant representation|
|7.||[ verb ] state or assert|
"He maintained his innocence"
|Related terms:||affirm vindicate|