Definition of defending in US English:

defending

adjective

  • 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. 1.1 Competing to retain a title in a contest.
      ‘the defending champion’
  • 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’

Pronunciation

defending

/dəˈfendiNG//dəˈfɛndɪŋ/