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1‘a tower built to defend Ireland from Napoleon's threatened invasion’
protect, guard, safeguard, keep from harm, preserve, secure, shield, shelter, screen
fortify, garrison, barricade
fight for, uphold, support, be on the side of, take up cudgels for
watch over, be the defender of
2‘he defended his policy of charging high interest rates’
justify, vindicate, argue for, speak for, speak on behalf of, support, speak in support of, give an apologia for, make a case for, plead for, make excuses for, excuse, exonerate, palliate
explain, give reasons for, give the rationale behind
3‘the manager defended his players’
support, speak in support of, back, stand by, stick up for, stand up for, argue for, champion, endorse, uphold, come to the defence of, sustain, bolster
informal throw one's weight behind
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