- 1.1 (proteger) [guarnición/nación] to defend, protect; [persona] to defend siempre defiende a su hermana he always defends o protects o stands up for his sister defender a algn
dealgo/algn to defend sb againststh/sb la defendió de las acusaciones/de sus atacantes he defended her against the accusations/against her attackers 1.2 [intereses] to protect, defend; [derechos] to defend; [título] to defend 1.3 [Der] [caso] to defend; [acusado/cliente] to defend 1.4 [idea/teoría/opinión] to defend, uphold; [causa/ideal] to champion, defend defender la tesis to defend one's dissertation (in US), to have a viva on one's thesis (in UK)
defenderse v pron
- 1.1 (refl) (contra una agresión) to defend o protect oneself; [Der] to defend oneself defenderse
dealgo/algn to defend oneself againststh/sb 1.2 [familiar/colloquial] (arreglárselas) to get by [colloquial/familiar] me defiendo bastante bien en francés I can get by quite well in French ¿sabes jugar al tenis? — bueno, me defiendo can you play tennis? — well, I'm not too bad [colloquial/familiar]
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Santería is a religious cult, fusing African beliefs and Catholicism, which developed among African Yoruba slaves in Cuba. Followers believe both in a single supreme being and also in orishas, deities who each share an identity with a Christian saint and who combine a force of nature with human characteristics. Rituals involve music, dancing, sacrificial offerings, divination, and going into trances.