Definition of fend in English:

fend

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Pronunciation: /fɛnd
 
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verb

  • 1 [no object] (fend for oneself) Look after and provide for oneself, without any help from others: she left her 14-year-old daughter to fend for herself
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    Synonyms
    take care of oneself, look after oneself, provide for oneself, shift for oneself, manage by oneself, get by alone, get by without help, cope alone, cope unaided, stand on one's own two feet, hold one's own, make it on one's own

Origin

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

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