Textual thesaurus for "defend"

(verb) fend for, support

argue or speak in defense of

She supported the motion to strike

(verb) maintain

state or assert

He maintained his innocence

(verb) fight, fight back, fight down, oppose

fight against or resist strongly

The senator said he would oppose the bill; Don't fight it!

(verb) guard, hold

protect against a challenge or attack

Hold that position behind the trees!; Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks

(verb) champion

protect or fight for as a champion

(verb) represent

be the defense counsel for someone in a trial

Ms. Smith will represent the defendant