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What is another word for defending?

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Present participle for to protect or shield from harm or danger
“That day, military servicemen and women launched, sailed, soared, and landed in harm's way to defend the country's home front.”
Present participle for 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.”
Present participle for to maintain or defend, as a cause or a claim, by words or measures
“This reply ignores your responsibility to defend your right to be treated respectfully by your colleague.”
Present participle for to support, justify, or make an excuse for a (perceived) misdeed
“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.”
Intended to protect someone or something
Of, pertaining to, or exhibiting opposition
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Serving to prevent or protect against an undesired effect
The act of guarding or protecting an area by traveling around it
An act or state of protecting someone or something, typically through insulation
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