Synonyms of defend in English:

defend


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verb

1‘a tower built to defend Ireland from Napoleon's threatened invasion’

SYNONYMS
protect, guard, safeguard, keep from harm, preserve, secure, shield, shelter, screen
fortify, garrison, barricade
fight for, uphold, support, be on the side of, take up cudgels for
watch over, be the defender of
ANTONYMS

attack

2‘he defended his policy of charging high interest rates’

SYNONYMS
justify, vindicate, argue for, speak for, speak on behalf of, support, speak in support of, give an apologia for, make a case for, plead for, make excuses for, excuse, exonerate, palliate
explain, give reasons for, give the rationale behind
ANTONYMS

attack, criticize

3‘the manager defended his players’

SYNONYMS
support, speak in support of, back, stand by, stick up for, stand up for, argue for, champion, endorse, uphold, come to the defence of, sustain, bolster
informal throw one's weight behind
ANTONYMS

criticize