WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
fend /fɛnd/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to ward off;
    keep or push away:[+ off + object]He used a stick to fend off his attackers.
  2. to provide;
    support:[+ for + oneself]He had to fend for himself after his father died.
See -fend-.
-fend-, root. 
  1. -fend- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "strike.'' This meaning is found in such words as: defend, defense, defensive, fend, indefensible, inoffensive, offend, offense, offensive.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
fend  (fend),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to ward off (often fol. by off):to fend off blows.
  2. to defend.

  1. to resist or make defense:to fend against poverty.
  2. to parry;
  3. to shift;
    provide:to fend for oneself.
  • Middle English fenden, aphetic variant of defenden to defend 1250–1300
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged manage, make out, get along.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

fend /fɛnd/ vb
  1. (intransitive) followed by for: to give support (to someone, esp oneself); provide (for)
  2. (transitive) usually followed by off: to ward off or turn aside (blows, questions, attackers, etc)
  1. Scot Northern English dialect a shift or effort
Etymology: 13th Century fenden, shortened from defenden to defend

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