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fend

[fend] /fɛnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to ward off (often followed by off):
to fend off blows.
2.
to defend.
verb (used without object)
3.
to resist or make defense:
to fend against poverty.
4.
to parry; fence.
5.
to shift; provide:
to fend for oneself.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English fenden, aphetic variant of defenden to defend
Related forms
unfended, adjective
Synonyms
5. manage, make out, get along.
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British Dictionary definitions for fend

fend

/fɛnd/
verb
1.
(intransitive) foll by for. to give support (to someone, esp oneself); provide (for)
2.
(transitive) usually foll by off. to ward off or turn aside (blows, questions, attackers, etc)
3.
(transitive) (archaic) to defend or resist
4.
(intransitive) (Scot & Northern English, dialect) to struggle; strive
noun
5.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) a shift or effort
Word Origin
C13 fenden, shortened from defenden to defend
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Word Origin and History for fend
v.

late 13c., shortening of defend. To fend for oneself (1620s) is to see to one's own defense. Related: Fended; fending.

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