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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Gough set about the task of survival by fending off the hat-trick ball.
▪ The company has slashed prices to fend off competitors and pump up slackening demand.
▪ And he did so by having to fend off none other than Tom Watson, who had won three times at Butler National.
▪ And Blundell put on a great performance, fending off the Mercedes until both were caught by Schumacher.
▪ Not one of the marchers even raised an arm to fend off the blows.
▪ A A Gill, you can not help but suspect, probably wrote Starcrossed to fend off all other contenders.
▪ He must also fend off the advancing former Tennessee Gov.
▪ Young Basque men emigrated because no patrimony could by custom be divided, leaving younger sons to fend for themselves.
▪ We were left to fend for ourselves.
▪ He had left Janine to fend for herself.
▪ They were thus left to fend for themselves, aided only by the diplomatic intercession of the Protestant Cantons.
▪ The moment of warm contact waned, leaving Jess to fend for herself.
▪ The captain radioed for assistance, but the convoy sped away, leaving the Vanzetti to fend for herself.
▪ Instead, the soaked, homeless and hungry victims are all but left to fend for themselves.
▪ Others were left to fend for themselves-or worse, persecuted.
▪ When the men tried to fend off the animals, the officers kicked them in the head or stomach.
▪ He tried to fend the animal off with his elbow while inserting the key in the office door.
▪ The lion mauls the warrior, who is desperately trying to fend him off with his knees and shield.
▪ Half believing that his leg was broken, he stooped and tried to fend the object off with his hands.
▪ Maria tries to fend off Glass's questions, then cracks.
▪ Nothing that we see in the park can quite fend off mythology.
▪ That is why he manoeuvred frantically, and brilliantly, to fend off the challenge to his party leadership last month.
▪ The new system was credited for fending off damage from major floods in 1996.
▪ The raven was determined to fend off any potential threat and maintain its fiefdom of Edge Wood.
▪ When your skin was young, it could fend for itself.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fend \Fend\, n. A fiend. [Obs.]


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.

With fern beneath to fend the bitter cold.

To fend off a boat or To fend off a vessel (Naut.), to prevent its running against anything with too much violence.


Fend \Fend\, v. i. To act on the defensive, or in opposition; to resist; to parry; to shift off.

The dexterous management of terms, and being able to fend . . . with them, passes for a great part of learning.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "defend, guard; protect; put up a fight; excuse or justify; forbid, bar," shortening of defend. From mid-14c. as "make a defense" and (usually with off (adv.)) "ward off, beat off, keep at a distance." Developed a meaning "make provision, give care" in Scottish English (16c.); hence to fend for oneself (1620s) "see to one's own defense." Related: Fended; fending.


Etymology 1 n. (context UK dialectal English) An enemy; fiend; the Devil. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To take care of oneself, to take responsibility for oneself. 2 (context rare except as "fend for oneself" English) To defend, to take care of ({{non-gloss definition|typically construed with (term: for)}}); to block or push away ((non-gloss definition typically construed with fend off off)).

  1. v. try to manage without help; "The youngsters had to fend for themselves after their parents died"

  2. withstand the force of something; "The trees resisted her"; "stand the test of time"; "The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow" [syn: resist, stand]

Usage examples of "fend".

Perhaps the Terrans might even fend him someone terrible, like Colonel Bogey, to make the forests cringe and the animals die magically at the touch of a wire.

Maylo into the backseat, left Booly to fend for himself, and circled the floater to take his position behind the controls.

The rotten twister lets me and Byrt fend for ourselves with the goblins.

Old One snarled, fending off my attempt to insert reason into his thought process.

Barmaids scurried from table to table, balancing wooden steins on teetering trays, serving rowdy customers, fending passes, keeping up with the orders.

He thought she would likely be able to handle the thankless task of fending off his family.

Mountain curved horn-shaped about the great verdant bowl, fending the wind.

The hand not employed in feeding Annie was fending off Dennis the pig, who was showing an unseemly interest in sharing their meal.

Apparently, there were too few suitors in Khet since the Javanite army drafted many of the eligible men to help fend off various military incursions by barbarians from the north.

So, while he turned to the daunting job of commanding the debarkation of all our company and our gear, I hailed a karaji ferry skiff and, fending off the solicitors, was the first to go ashore.

Burning oil was loosed through the machicolations above to splash down upon the Ogrus, but the fire shield fended the flaming liquid, splashing it aside.

Rod suffered through innumerable dinner parties, mediated arguments between scientists and crew, and fended off attempts by Dr.

Oh well, Maxi would have to fend for himself, she thought, knowing full well, right about now, Popi would be pouring the little imp a glass of milk and telling him he could only have one cookie before lunch, then serving him three on his dish.

With practiced skill the Mull fended off such importunities or appointed a study commission, which invariably reported the Treaty lands to be havens of peace compared to the Retent, where the independent tribes conducted feuds, raids, assassinations, retaliations, outrages, massacres, atrocities and ambushes.

Struggling to reach out, to fend off, to find a place of safety or shelter, Roti twisted in the levitation field that held him, twisted and could find no purchase, no direction for escape.