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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fend]
    • /fɛnd/
    • /fend/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fend]
    • /fɛnd/

Definitions of fend word

  • verb with object fend to ward off (often followed by off): to fend off blows. 1
  • verb with object fend to defend. 1
  • verb without object fend to resist or make defense: to fend against poverty. 1
  • verb without object fend to parry; fence. 1
  • verb without object fend to shift; provide: to fend for oneself. 1
  • noun fend Look after and provide for oneself, without any help from others. 1

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Origin of fend

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English fenden, aphetic variant of defenden to defend

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Parts of speech for Fend


fend popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 86% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

fend usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fend

verb fend

  • dodge — to elude or evade by a sudden shift of position or by strategy: to dodge a blow; to dodge a question.
  • protect — to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult, etc.; cover or shield from injury or danger.
  • secure — free from or not exposed to danger or harm; safe.
  • bulwark — A bulwark against something protects you against it. A bulwark of something protects it.
  • screen — a movable or fixed device, usually consisting of a covered frame, that provides shelter, serves as a partition, etc.

Antonyms for fend

verb fend

  • harm — a U.S. air-to-surface missile designed to detect and destroy radar sites by homing on their emissions.
  • injure — to do or cause harm of any kind to; damage; hurt; impair: to injure one's hand.
  • uncover — to lay bare; disclose; reveal.
  • disregard — to pay no attention to; leave out of consideration; ignore: Disregard the footnotes.
  • ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.

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