Synonyms of defend in English:

defend

verb

  • 1 a tower built to defend Ireland from Napoleon's threatened invasion we will defend freedom of speech
    protect, guard, safeguard, keep from harm, preserve, secure, shield, shelter, screen; fortify, garrison, barricade; fight for, uphold, support, be on the side of, take up cudgels for; watch over, be the defender of
    a tower built to defend Ireland from Napoleon's threatened invasion we will defend freedom of speech
    [Antonyms] attack
  • 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
    he defended his policy of charging high interest rates
    [Antonyms] attack criticize

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