Definition of fend in English:


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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • fend for oneselfLook after and provide for oneself, without any help from others.

    ‘you're old enough to fend for yourself’
    • ‘In the wild, if a female with a young one gets killed, other females may take care of the young one till it is old enough to fend for itself.’
    • ‘If you're old enough to date him, then you're old enough to fend for yourself.’
    • ‘All my chum wants is simple life insurance to cover him and his wife until he retires at age 65, or until his daughter is old enough to fend for herself financially.’
    • ‘However, they still chirp for their mother to feed them, until they gain enough independence and fend for themselves.’
    • ‘However, they are all talented enough to fend for themselves.’
    • ‘There are many opportunities available for those who are willing to work hard and fend for themselves.’
    • ‘Stroke victims are worried about what will happen to them if they are turfed out of the specialist ward to fend for themselves.’
    • ‘Instead, she fends for herself, which is harder than she thought, and during the process, she writes a poem in her new journal.’
    • ‘I know how to fight and fend for myself, I'm not some little kid.’
    • ‘His mother had to struggle hard to fend for herself and her son.’
    take care of oneself, look after oneself, provide for oneself, shift for oneself, manage by oneself, get by alone, get by without help, cope alone, cope unaided, stand on one's own two feet, hold one's own, make it on one's own
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/fend/ /fɛnd/

Phrasal Verbs

    fend off
    • fend someone or something off, fend off someone or somethingDefend oneself from a blow, attack, or attacker.

      ‘Meredith tried frantically to fend him off’
      • ‘he fended off the awkward questions’
      • ‘Jamie went in for the win, but Ward fended him off quite well.’
      • ‘He attempted to attack Rhys, but she fended him off.’
      • ‘We fended them off but they started smashing bottles as they left.’
      • ‘I raised myself up on my right arm and fended the bike off.’
      • ‘Officers had to fend them off so Jackson could get away.’
      • ‘She was grappling with them and trying to fend them off.’
      • ‘There were three of them round me but I managed to fend them off.’
      • ‘The officer was forced to fend the dog off by striking out with his foot.’
      • ‘We don't need the Mayor's protection to fend off a solitary journalist asking a simple question.’
      • ‘HIV batters the body's defences until diseases which the immune system normally fends off become major threats.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘defend’): shortening of defend. Compare with fence and fencible.