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defend
British English: /dɪˈfɛnd/
American English: /dəˈfɛnd/

Translation of defend in French:

transitive verb

  • 1 (guard, protect)
    (fort, town, country) against contre from de
    (freedom, interests, rights)
    (lawyer) (client)
    the government must defend its majority
    le gouvernement doit tout faire pour conserver sa majorité
  • 2 (justify)
    (argument, belief, doctrine, opinion)
    (actions, behaviour, decision)
  • 4 (University)to defend a thesis
    soutenir une thèse

intransitive verb

reflexive verb

also: defending present participle adjective

  • (counsel)
    de la défense
    the defending champion
    le tenant du titre

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