One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Resisting an attack made on someone or something; protecting from harm or danger.‘the defending forces were met by a wall of enemy gunfire’
- 1.1 Competing to retain a title in a contest.‘the defending champion’
- 1.1 Competing to retain a title in a contest.
2Conducting the case for the party being accused or sued in a lawsuit.‘the defending lawyer pleaded for acquittal’
3(in sports) protecting one's goal rather than attempting to score against one's opponents.‘a free kick awarded to the defending team in their own penalty area’
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