De`fend´   Pronunciation: dė`fĕnd´
v. t.1.To ward or fend off; to drive back or away; to repel.
[imp. & p. p. Defended; p. pr. & vb. n. Defending.]
2.To prohibit; to forbid.
Which God defend that I should wring from him.
- Shak.
3.To repel danger or harm from; to protect; to secure against attack; to maintain against force or argument; to uphold; to guard; as, to defend a town; to defend a cause; to defend character; to defend the absent; - sometimes followed by from or against; as, to defend one's self from, or against, one's enemies.
The lord mayor craves aid . . . to defend the city.
- Shak.
God defend the right!
- Shak.
4.(Law.) To deny the right of the plaintiff in regard to (the suit, or the wrong charged); to oppose or resist, as a claim at law; to contest, as a suit.
Verb1.defend - argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike"
Synonyms: fend for, support
2.defend - be on the defensive; act against an attack
attack, assail - launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"
3.defend - protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
Synonyms: guard, hold
4.defend - fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!"
5.defend - protect or fight for as a champion
Synonyms: champion
6.defend - be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"
Synonyms: represent
prosecute - bring a criminal action against (in a trial); "The State of California prosecuted O.J. Simpson"
7.defend - state or assert; "He maintained his innocence"
Synonyms: maintain

TO DEFEND. To forbid. This word is used in some old English statutes in the sense it has in French, namely, to forbid. 5 Pic. 2, c. Lord Coke uses the word in this sense: it is defended by law to distrain on the highway." Co Litt. 160, b. 161 a. In an old work entitled, Legends, printed by Winkin de Worde, in 1527, fo. 96, we find examples of the use of the word in this sense, "He defended," (forbade) "to pay the wage," (tribute,) "for he said he was a king." "She wrote the obligation when she put her hand to the tree against the defence." (prohibition of God.)
     2. In pleading, to defend is to deny; and the effect of the word "defends" is, that the defendant denies the right of the plaintiff, or the force and wrong charged. Steph. Pl. 432.
     3. In contracts, to defend is to guaranty; to agree to indemnify. In most conveyances of land the grantor covenants to warrant and defend. It is his duty, then, to prevent all persons against whom he defends, from doing any act which would evict him; when there is a mortgage upon the land, and the mortgagee demands possession or payment of the covenantee, and threatens suit, this is a breach of the covenant to defend, and for quiet enjoyment. 17 Mass. R. 586.

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