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[fawr-fend] /fɔrˈfɛnd/

verb (used with object)
to defend, secure, or protect.
to fend off, avert, or prevent.
Archaic. .
verb (transitive)
(US) to protect or secure
(obsolete) to prohibit or prevent

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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