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To protect or shield from harm or danger
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“That day, military servicemen and women launched, sailed, soared, and landed in harm's way to defend the country's home front.”
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To battle or fight in support or defense of something
“The cook had caused enough commotion to rouse the sleeping city in time to defend against the invaders.”
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To maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures
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“This reply ignores your responsibility to defend your right to be treated respectfully by your colleague.”
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To support, justify, or make an excuse for a (perceived) misdeed
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“Challenging her mistakes would have made it seem as though he needed to defend his actions, or, as she saw it, his lack of action.”
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To keep watch over or guard an area by walking or traveling around it
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To keep apart or isolate from others
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To give reasons or cite evidence in support of an idea, action, or theory
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To act for
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Carry or possess firearm
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To answer or defend oneself against a charge
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To strengthen or provide support to
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To convert or attempt to convert (someone) from one religion, belief, or opinion to another
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To maintain, prolong, or keep something going
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To take care of without help
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