Definition of fend :
1. A fiend.
2. To act on the defensive, or in opposition; to resist; to parry; to shift off.
3. To keep off; to prevent from entering or hitting; to ward off; to shut out; - often with off; as, to fend off blows.
reject, thrive, digest, repel, dissent, repulse, stomach, tolerate, attack, withstand, manage, endure, ward off, muddle through, shift, place upright, get by, bear, strike, baulk, remain firm, stand firm, make out, fare, keep off, stick out, stand, allow, beat off, defy, abide, do, jib, stand up, hold out, balk, parry, protest, preserve, get along, put up, suffer, refuse, brook
defend (part of speech: verb)
defend, resist, buffer, support, counterattack, protect, avert, retort, barricade, ward, answer, police, backfire, bar, sustain, screen, guard, uphold, reply, safeguard, oppose, save, rebut, argue, cover, counter, secure, shelter, return, respond, shield
- " The father was lost in a gale at the herrings, and the mawther had to fend for the lot of us. - "Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon 1893", Hall Caine.
- The old lady with her hand raised to fend off the morning sun that came flickering through the branches on her wrinkled forehead, and her light gray eyes peering on him, had no notion of the awful power of her gaze upon that " impudent young man." - "The Tenants of Malory Volume 1 of 3", Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.
- This, and the way she made his toast- very crisp- and aired his linen- very dry, were practically the only things she could do for a man naturally inclined to independence, and accustomed from his manner of life to fend for himself. - "The Patrician", John Galsworthy.