Definition of defender in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈfɛndə/


1A person who defends someone or something: a determined defender of British interests
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  • It is most unlikely that a determined defender of the cosmological line of reasoning would surrender even here.
  • His strongest opposition came from defenders of vested interest in his own party.
  • His image as a defender of the national interest made him popular among the masses.
1.1 Bridge Either member of the partnership that did not win the auction. Compare with declarer.
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  • If there is a declarer, however, the two defenders should form a temporary partnership to defeat the declarer.
  • After the declarer and defenders are determined, each has the opportunity to discard and receive new cards.
  • In each hand one partnership are declarers and the other are the defenders.
2(In sport) a player whose task it is to protect their own side’s goal: Owen surged between two defenders, then drove the ball out of the reach of the goalkeeper
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  • Traps are most effective when the two defenders cover two sides of the offensive player.
  • With his back to goal and two defenders smothering him, he somehow manages to turn and make room for a shot, which he fires narrowly wide.
  • Bizarrely it was the fifth time this season that Doncaster have cashed in on an own goal, although the defender knew little about it.
3 Scots Law another term for defendant.

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