Synonyms of defend in English:
1 a tower built to defend Ireland from Napoleon's threatened invasion we will defend freedom of speech
fortify, garrison, barricade;
fight for, uphold, support, be on the side of, take up cudgels for;
watch over, be the defender of
2 he defended his policy of charging high interest rates
justify, vindicate, argue/speak for, speak on behalf of, support, speak in support of, give an apologia for, make a case for, plead for, make excuses for, excuse, exonerate, palliate;
explain, give reasons for, give the rationale behind
[Antonyms] attack, criticize
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