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

Translation of defend in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (physically)
    she knows how to defend herself
    sabe defenderse
    to defend something/somebody from/against something/somebody
    defender algo/a alguien de algo/alguien
    Example sentences
    • Heavy guns were put into position on Singapore island to defend it against attack from the sea.
    • Frontline, set up three years ago, works to protect and defend human rights workers in danger across the world.
    • The Board was set up in 1760 to ‘protect, support and defend the interests and religious rights and customs of the Jewish community in the UK’.
  • 2 (verbally) 2.1
    she was quick to defend him
    salió rápidamente a defenderlo or en su defensa
    he said nothing to defend himself
    no dijo nada en su defensa or para defenderse
    Example sentences
    • Everyone adores money, why not the doctors, I asked, in a feeble attempt to defend my colleagues and take the easy way out of a pointless argument.
    • So on this occasion I write to defend you out of principle, not likemindedness.
    • She seemed speechless, so Carla spoke up to defend her.
    2.2 (University)
  • 3 (Law) she hired a lawyer to defend her
    contrató a un abogado para que la defendiera
    Example sentences
    • He said private lawyers would also make the trial fairer since the government is the complainant in the case, the prosecutor and at the same time expected to provide lawyers to defend the accused.
    • The availability of an action by a client for breach of contract or negligence against his lawyer for the lawyer's conduct in defending or prosecuting a civil or criminal case is limited.
    • Many European lawyers refused to defend the accused.
  • 4
    Example sentences
    • Reigning champion Payne successfully defended his title when he beat the number one seed Jonathan Clark, to whom he had lost 3-2 on the only previous occasion the pair had met.
    • A thrilling finish saw Hardy Eustace successfully defend his Champion Hurdle title, edging out Harchibald and Brave Inca on the line.
    • If the champions are to defend their title successfully then there can be simply no more days like these.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (Law)
    actuar por la defensa
    Jones was defending and Smith prosecuting
    Jones actuaba por la defensa y Smith por la acusación
  • 2 (Sport)he's better at defending
    juega mejor como defensa
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