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defend

verb advocate, allege in support, argue for, champion, espouse, guard, justify, maintain, plead for, plead one's cause, promote a cause, propound, protect, safeguard, shield, stand up for, support, sustain, uphold, urge reasons for
Associated concepts: effectiveness of counsel, opportunity to defend
See also: adhere, advocate, answer, assist, confirm, corroborate, countercharge, cover, espouse, excuse, guard, harbor, justify, lobby, maintain, palliate, preserve, protect, reply, rescue, save, screen, side, sponsor, support, sustain, uphold

TO DEFEND. To forbid. This word is used in some old English statutes in the sense it has in French, namely, to forbid. 5 Pic. 2, c. Lord Coke uses the word in this sense: it is defended by law to distrain on the highway." Co Litt. 160, b. 161 a. In an old work entitled, Legends, printed by Winkin de Worde, in 1527, fo. 96, we find examples of the use of the word in this sense, "He defended," (forbade) "to pay the wage," (tribute,) "for he said he was a king." "She wrote the obligation when she put her hand to the tree against the defence." (prohibition of God.)
     2. In pleading, to defend is to deny; and the effect of the word "defends" is, that the defendant denies the right of the plaintiff, or the force and wrong charged. Steph. Pl. 432.
     3. In contracts, to defend is to guaranty; to agree to indemnify. In most conveyances of land the grantor covenants to warrant and defend. It is his duty, then, to prevent all persons against whom he defends, from doing any act which would evict him; when there is a mortgage upon the land, and the mortgagee demands possession or payment of the covenantee, and threatens suit, this is a breach of the covenant to defend, and for quiet enjoyment. 17 Mass. R. 586.

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This is the first time I am defending so I don't really know what it's like," Van der Walt said.
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But the Liverpool star knows he may never change the perception that defending isn't the strongest part of his game.
At a time when the Shiite community is deploring all acts of terrorism, a person defending a terrorist like Qasab, is not worth being a leader of the Shiite community," the organization said.
Ayoub Khan, the defending Lib Dem candidate in Aston, and the only Muslim cabinet member, will hope that the result of an election court hearing into allegations of Labour skulduggery in 2007 will be favourable to his party.
Tom Schuck is the lawyer defending pro-family activist Bill Whatcott, who is appealing his conviction for criticizing homosexual behaviour.
It's worrisome, because you'll see our track record isn't very good in defending ourselves in these cases,'' said Councilman Bernard Parks, a member of the city's Claims Board who backed the $2.
The defending team should push up to keep all of the opponents in their half.
Abramsky presumes the left is defending Al Qaeda and basically spends the rest of his essay reminding us that Al Qaeda is not on our side.
RONNIE MOORE branded Oldham's defending "suicidal" after they threw away a two-goal lead.