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What is another word for defends?

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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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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