Another word for defend
defend protect guard preserve shield safeguardSearch Thesaurus
These verbs mean to make or keep safe from danger, attack, or harm. Defend implies repelling an attack: defending her territory; defended his reputation. Protect often suggests providing a barrier to discomfort, injury, or attack: bought a dog to protect the children; wore sunglasses to protect her eyes. Guard suggests keeping watch: guarded the house against intruders. To preserve is to take measures to maintain something in safety: ecologists working to preserve our natural resources. Shield suggests protecting with a piece of defensive armor: hid the newspaper to shield me from the bad news. Safeguard stresses protection against potential danger: The Bill of Rights safeguards our individual liberties.
Another word for defendverb
To keep safe from danger, attack, or harm:guard, preserve, protect, safeguard, secure, shield, ward. (Archaic) fend. See attack
To support against arguments, attack, or criticism:apologize, justify, maintain, vindicate. Idioms: speak up for, stand up for, stick up for. See support