1. [ verb ] argue or speak in defense of
Synonyms: support fend_for

"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
Synonyms: hold guard

: "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
Synonyms: champion
Related terms: back defender
6. [ verb ] be the defense counsel for someone in a trial
Synonyms: represent

"Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"

Related terms: prosecute defendant representation
7. [ verb ] state or assert
Synonyms: maintain

"He maintained his innocence"

Related terms: affirm vindicate
Similar spelling:   defender