Definition of defender in English:

defender

noun

  • 1A person who defends someone or something.

    ‘a determined defender of British interests’
    • ‘No less solid is Landry's record as a defender of the interests of big business.’
    • ‘However, he proved to be an unscrupulous defender of bourgeois national interests.’
    • ‘So to a large extent, his critics and defenders have always talked at cross purposes.’
    • ‘He and his defenders, it seems, don't really deny much of anything that has been alleged.’
    • ‘I'm calling him on that, and he and his defenders have yet to respond to that.’
    • ‘So those who resist or protest against electoral fraud are in fact crucial defenders of democracy.’
    • ‘The FDA and other defenders of aspartame quickly debunked the report as exaggerated and baseless.’
    • ‘On the other hand, he's a fierce defender of free trade and a champion of school choice.’
    • ‘He is still healthy, articulate, has his defenders, is famous, and now he has nothing to lose.’
    • ‘His image as a defender of the national interest made him popular among the masses.’
    • ‘His strongest opposition came from defenders of vested interest in his own party.’
    • ‘The Charter required the Council to be the defender of the common interest.’
    • ‘Human rights defenders say the trial is a farce and believe the defendants have been tortured.’
    • ‘It also deprived local communities of many of their best defenders.’
    • ‘It is most unlikely that a determined defender of the cosmological line of reasoning would surrender even here.’
    • ‘His defenders may insist that he never outright claimed there was a tie.’
    protector, guard, guardian, preserver, bodyguard
    supporter, upholder, backer, champion, advocate, endorser, sustainer, bolsterer, apologist, proponent, exponent, promoter, apostle, standard-bearer, torch-bearer, adherent, believer
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    1. 1.1Bridge Either member of the partnership that did not win the auction.
      Compare with declarer
      • ‘In each hand one partnership are declarers and the other are the defenders.’
      • ‘After the declarer and defenders are determined, each has the opportunity to discard and receive new cards.’
      • ‘If the defenders won the last trick, the eight cards discarded by the starter are exposed.’
      • ‘The defender beats some but not all of the cards played by the attacker.’
      • ‘If there is a declarer, however, the two defenders should form a temporary partnership to defeat the declarer.’
  • 2(in sport) a player whose task it is to protect their own side's goal.

    ‘Owen surged between two defenders, then drove the ball out of the reach of the goalkeeper’
    • ‘Traps are most effective when the two defenders cover two sides of the offensive player.’
    • ‘As he entered the penalty area he was felled from both sides by chasing defenders.’
    • ‘There shouldn't be any serious questions asked of the American stopper until he is given ample protection from his defenders.’
    • ‘Schweinsteiger chases down Jorge Guaga, forcing the burly defender to concede another corner.’
    • ‘She ran half the length of the pitch to beat a couple of defenders before rounding the goalkeeper and slotting the ball home.’
    • ‘As it was it took a goal from defender Grant Illingworth to clinch the points.’
    • ‘Although it does say a lot for the tournament that its best player was a defender.’
    • ‘Bizarrely it was the fifth time this season that Doncaster have cashed in on an own goal, although the defender knew little about it.’
    • ‘The team can't afford to have scorers or strong defenders go missing for long stretches.’
    • ‘Both of them drove straight at defenders to force fouls and earn free throws.’
    • ‘I think you need a solid base at International level and these players are primarily defenders.’
    • ‘With his back to goal and two defenders smothering him, he somehow manages to turn and make room for a shot, which he fires narrowly wide.’
    • ‘He is one of the fastest and most direct forwards in the Premiership and a constant thorn in the side of opposing defenders.’
    • ‘If you want to go to the left, take a quick step to the side of the defender with your right foot.’
    • ‘Ian Wright was one of those players that defenders must have hated to come up against.’
    • ‘The ball is rolled back and the home side's defenders stroke it around between them for some early touches.’
    • ‘It was a clear foul - like when players ease a defender out the way in the wall at a free-kick.’
    • ‘He is both a pure scorer and a persistent defender with the ability to alter the complexion of any game.’
    • ‘Obviously we try to concede as few goals as possible but we also want our defenders to play football and not just mark the strikers.’
    • ‘If Grant learns to tackle better, he could be one of the Panthers' best defenders and a big playmaker.’
    full back, back, sweeper
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  • 3Scots Law

    another term for defendant

Pronunciation

defender

/dɪˈfɛndə/