Definition of fend in English:

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Pronunciation: /fend/


1 [no object] (fend for oneself) Look after and provide for oneself, without any help from others: you’re old enough to fend for yourself
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  • In the wild, if a female with a young one gets killed, other females may take care of the young one till it is old enough to fend for itself.
  • If you're old enough to date him, then you're old enough to fend for yourself.
  • All my chum wants is simple life insurance to cover him and his wife until he retires at age 65, or until his daughter is old enough to fend for herself financially.
take care of oneself, look after oneself, provide for oneself, manage (by oneself), cope alone, stand on one's own two feet
2 [with object] (fend someone/something off) Defend oneself from a blow, attack, or attacker. figurative he fended off the awkward questions
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  • Jamie went in for the win, but Ward fended him off quite well.
  • He attempted to attack Rhys, but she fended him off.
  • We fended them off but they started smashing bottles as they left.
ward off, head off, stave off, hold off, repel, repulse, resist, fight off, defend oneself against, prevent, stop, block, intercept, hold back


Middle English (in the sense 'defend'): shortening of defend. Compare with fence.

Words that rhyme with fend

amend, append, apprehend, ascend, attend, befriend, bend, blend, blende, commend, comprehend, condescend, contend, defriend, depend, emend, end, expend, extend, forfend, friend, impend, interdepend, lend, mend, misapprehend, misspend, offend, on-trend, Oostende, Ostend, perpend, portend, rend, reprehend, scrag-end, send, spend, subtend, suspend, tail end, tend, transcend, trend, underspend, unfriend, upend, vend, weekend, wend

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