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Webster 1913 Edition


Defender

De-fend′er

(dē̍-fĕnd′ẽr)
,
Noun.
[Cf.
Fender
.]
One who defends; one who maintains, supports, protects, or vindicates; a champion; an advocate; a vindicator.
Provinces . . . left without their ancient and puissant
defenders
.
Motley.

Webster 1828 Edition


Defender

DEFENDER

,
Noun.
One who defends by oppostition; one who maintains, supports, protects or vindicates; an assertor; a vindicator, either by arms or by arguments; a champion or an advocate.

Definition 2022


defender

defender

English

Alternative forms

Noun

defender (plural defenders)

  1. Someone who defends people or property.
  2. (law) A lawyer who represents defendants.
  3. A fighter who repels an attack.
  4. (sports) One of the players whose primary task is to prevent the opposition from scoring.

Translations


Interlingua

Verb

defender

  1. to defend

Conjugation


Ladino

Etymology

From Latin dēfendō, dēfendere.

Verb

defender (Latin spelling)

  1. to prohibit

Portuguese

Etymology

From Old Portuguese defender, from Latin dēfendere, present active infinitive of dēfendō.

Pronunciation

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /dɨ.fẽ.ˈdeɾ/

Verb

defender (first-person singular present indicative defendo, past participle defendido)

  1. to defend (repel an attack)
  2. to defend (represent as a legal professional)
  3. (rhetoric) to defend
  4. to support (to back a cause, party etc.)
  5. (sports) to defend (to prevent the opponent from scoring)
  6. (sports, intransitive) to play in defense
  7. (higher education) to formally present a dissertation, thesis or project

Quotations

For usage examples of this term, see Citations:defender.

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Spanish

Etymology

From Latin dēfendere, present active infinitive of dēfendō.

Verb

defender (first-person singular present defiendo, first-person singular preterite defendí, past participle defendido)

  1. to defend (contra, de - against, from)
  2. to prohibit
  3. to claim

Conjugation

  • Rule: e becomes ie in stressed syllables.

Synonyms

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