• To ward off attacks against; to fight to protect; to guard.
  • To support by words or writing; to vindicate, talk in favour of.
  • To make legal defence of; to represent (the accused).
  • To focus one's energies and talents on preventing opponents from scoring, as opposed to focusing on scoring.
  • To attempt to retain a title, or attempt to reach the same stage in a competition as one did in the previous edition of that competition.
  • To call a raise from the big blind.
  • To ward off, repel (an attack or attacker).
  • To prevent, to keep (from doing something).
  • To prohibit, forbid.


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  • From Middle English defenden, from Old French defendre, deffendre (Modern French défendre), from Latin dēfendō, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰen-.

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