de·fend /dɪˈfend/ ●●● S3 W3 verb 1 [intransitiveI, transitiveT]DEFEND to do something in order to protect someone or something from being attacked 保护，保卫 a struggle to defend our homeland
defend something against/from something the need to defend democracy against fascism
defend yourself (against/from somebody/something) advice on how women can defend themselves from sex attackers
defend against We need to defend against military aggression.
2 [transitiveT]DEFEND to use arguments to protect something or someone from criticism, or to prove that something is right 为…辩护，为…辩白，为…辩解 OPP attack She was always defending her husband in front of their daughter.
Students should be ready to explain and defend their views.
defend somebody against/from somebody/something He defended his wife against rumours and allegations.
ndefend yourself (against/from something)
Cooper wrote to the journal immediately, defending himself.
In everyday English, people usually say stand up for someone rather than defend someone: 在日常英语中,人们一般说 stand up for someone ,而不说 defend someone
She was the only person who stood up for me at the meeting.
3 [transitiveT]DEFEND to do something in order to stop something from being taken away or in order to make it possible for something to continue 捍卫，维护 the workers’ attempts to defend their interests
We are defending the right to demonstrate.
4 [intransitiveI, transitiveT]DS to protect your own team’s end of the field in a game such as football, in order to prevent your opponents from getting points 〔在比赛中〕防守，防卫 OPP attack Bournemouth defended well throughout the game.
5 [transitiveT]DSCOMPETITION to take part in a competition that you won the last time it was held, and try to win it again 在竞争中保住〔原来优胜位置〕，卫冕 The world champion was defending his title.
the defending champion
He is defending a Labour majority of 5,000.
6 [intransitiveI, transitiveT]SCT to be a lawyer for someone who has been charged with a crime 〔律师〕（为）〔被告〕辩护 OPP prosecute He had top lawyers to defend him.
Howard, defending, said Thompson had been drinking heavily.
THESAURUS defend to say something to support an idea or person when other people are criticizing them 辩护 The mayor defended the action, saying that it was the best option.
stand up for somebody/something to strongly defend someone who is being criticized, or strongly defend your ideas or your rights 为某人/某事辩护 My grandfather would always stand up for what was right.
I don't want him fighting, but I do want him to stand up for himself.
stick up for somebody informal to strongly defend someone who is being criticized, especially when no one else will defend them 为某人辩护〔尤在其他人都不愿这么做时〕 The other kids tease her, but Sarah often sticks up for her.
come to somebody's defence British EnglishBrE (also come to somebody's defense American EnglishAmE) to say something to defend someone who is being criticized 为某人辩护 Aitken's colleagues quickly came to his defence.