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Meaning of FEND

Pronunciation:  fend

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

FEND is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: resist, stand
 See Also: contend, cope, deal, defend, fight, fight back, fight down, get by, grapple, make do, make out, manage, oppose



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fend\, n.
    A fiend. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  2. \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. --Dryden.
    {To fend off a} {boat or vessel} (Naut.), to prevent its
       running against anything with too much violence.
  3. \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.                                --Locke.
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