I have no time to defend petty theives on the basis of ideology.
With one of our bravest newsroom administrators, I headed down to defend our…what?
Israel has the undeniable right to defend itself against aggression.
mid-13c., from Old French defendre (12c.) "defend, resist," and directly from Latin defendere "ward off, protect, guard, allege in defense," from de- "from, away" (see de-) + -fendere "to strike, push," from PIE root *gwhen- "to strike, kill" (see bane). In the Mercian hymns, Latin defendet is glossed by Old English gescildeð. Related: Defended; defending.