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fend

[fend]
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; Middle English fenden, aphetic variant of defenden to defend

unfended, adjective


5. manage, make out, get along.
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fend (fɛnd)
 
vb (foll by for) (usually foll by off)
1.  to give support (to someone, esp oneself); provide (for)
2.  to ward off or turn aside (blows, questions, attackers, etc)
3.  archaic (tr) to defend or resist
4.  dialect (Scot), (Northern English) (intr) to struggle; strive
 
n
5.  dialect (Scot), (Northern English) a shift or effort
 
[C13 fenden, shortened from defenden to defend]

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fend
c.1300, shortening of defend. To fend for oneself (1620s) is to see to one's own defense. Related: Fended; fending.
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