I. verb Etymology: Middle English fenden, short for defenden Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. defend 2. to keep or ward off ; repel — often used with off <
fend off an invader
3. dialect British to provide for ; support intransitive verb 1. dialect British to make an effort ; struggle 2. a. to try to get along without help ; shift <
had to fend for themselves
b. to provide a livelihood II. noun Date: 1721 chiefly Scottish an effort or attempt especially for oneself

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  • fend — [fend] v [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: defend] fend for yourself to look after yourself without needing help from other people ▪ The kids had to fend for themselves while their parents were away. fend off [fend sb/sth off] phr v 1.) to defend… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Fend — Fend, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fending}.] [Abbrev. fr. defend.] To keep off; to prevent from entering or hitting; to ward off; to shut out; often with off; as, to fend off blows. [1913 Webster] With fern beneath to fend the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • fend — /fend/, v.t. 1. to ward off (often fol. by off): to fend off blows. 2. to defend. v.i. 3. to resist or make defense: to fend against poverty. 4. to parry; fence. 5. to shift; provide: to fend for oneself. [1250 1300; ME fenden, aph. var. of… …   Universalium

  • fend — UK US /fend/ verb ● fend for yourself Cf. fend for yourself …   Financial and business terms

  • fend — [ fend ] verb fend for yourself to look after yourself without help from anyone else ,fend off phrasal verb transitive to defend yourself against an attack a. to protect yourself from a criticism or difficulty by ignoring it or not dealing… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fend — [fend] vt. [ME fenden, aphetic for defenden, DEFEND] Archaic to defend vi. to resist; parry fend for oneself to manage by oneself; get along without help fend off to ward off …   English World dictionary

  • Fend — Fend, v. i. To act on the defensive, or in opposition; to resist; to parry; to shift off. [1913 Webster] The dexterous management of terms, and being able to fend . . . with them, passes for a great part of learning. Locke. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fend — [fend] verb fend for yourself fend sb off …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • fend — ► VERB 1) (fend for oneself) look after and provide for oneself. 2) (fend off) defend oneself from (an attack or attacker). ORIGIN shortening of DEFEND(Cf. ↑defender) …   English terms dictionary

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