verb (used with object)
to ward off (often followed by off):
to fend off blows.
verb (used without object)
to resist or make defense:
to fend against poverty.
to parry; fence.
to shift; provide:
to fend for oneself.
(intransitive) foll by for. to give support (to someone, esp oneself); provide (for)
(transitive) usually foll by off. to ward off or turn aside (blows, questions, attackers, etc)
(transitive) (archaic) to defend or resist
(intransitive) (Scot & Northern English, dialect) to struggle; strive
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) a shift or effort
late 13c., shortening of defend. To fend for oneself (1620s) is to see to one’s own defense. Related: Fended; fending.
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