Synonyms of defending


1. defend, support, fend for, argue, reason

usage: argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike"

2. defend, prevent, keep

usage: be on the defensive; act against an attack

3. defend, guard, hold, protect

usage: protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"

4. fight, oppose, fight back, fight down, defend, contend, fight, struggle

usage: fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!"

5. champion, defend, back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support

usage: protect or fight for as a champion

6. defend, represent

usage: be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"

7. maintain, defend, affirm

usage: state or assert; "He maintained his innocence"


1. defending, defensive (vs. offensive)

usage: attempting to or designed to prevent an opponent from winning or scoring

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