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Another word for defend

  1. To keep safe from danger, attack, or harm

      1. To ward off. Often used with off:
      2. To defend.
      3. To make an effort to resist:
      1. A room in a hospital usually holding six or more patients.
      2. A division in a hospital for the care of a particular group of patients:
      3. A division of a city or town, especially an electoral district, for administrative and representative purposes.
      1. A broad piece of armor made of rigid material and strapped to the arm or carried in the hand for protection against hurled or thrusted weapons.
      2. A person or thing that provides protection.
      3. A steel sheet attached to an artillery piece to protect gunners from small-arms fire and shrapnel.
      1. Free from danger or attack:
      2. Free from risk of loss; safe:
      3. Free from the risk of being intercepted or listened to by unauthorized persons:
      1. A precautionary measure:
      2. A mechanical device designed to prevent accidents or injury.
      3. A protective stipulation, as in a contract.
      1. To keep from being damaged, attacked, stolen, or injured; guard.
      2. To keep from being subjected to difficulty or unpleasantness:
      3. To keep from being curtailed or exposed to risk:
      1. To keep from injury, peril, or harm; protect.
      2. To keep in perfect or unaltered condition; maintain unchanged:
      3. To keep or maintain intact:
      1. To watch over (a place or person, for example) in order to keep from being damaged, robbed, or injured:
      2. To supervise the entry and exit through; keep watch at:
      3. To watch over so as to prevent escape or violence:
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  2. To support against arguments, attack, or criticism

      1. To clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting arguments or proof:
      2. To defend, maintain, or insist on the recognition of (one's rights, for example).
      3. To demonstrate or prove the value or validity of; justify:
      1. To keep up or carry on; continue:
      2. To keep in an existing state; preserve or retain:
      3. To keep in a condition of good repair or efficiency:
      1. To demonstrate or prove to be just, right, or valid:
      2. To free (a human) of the guilt and penalty attached to grievous sin. Used of God.
      3. To demonstrate sufficient legal reason for (an action taken).
      1. To make excuse for or regretful acknowledgment of a fault or offense.
      2. To make a formal defense or justification in speech or writing.

Another word for defend

  1. To keep off an enemy; often used figuratively

  2. To provide general protection

  3. To support an accused person or thing