Forfend



[fawr-fend] /fɔrˈfɛnd/

verb (used with object)
1.
to defend, secure, or protect.
2.
to fend off, avert, or prevent.
3.
Archaic. .
/fɔːˈfɛnd/
verb (transitive)
1.
(US) to protect or secure
2.
(obsolete) to prohibit or prevent
v.

also forefend, late 14c., “to protect, prohibit; to avert, prevent,” a hybrid from for- + fend, from Latin defendere “to ward off.”

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