Synonyms of defend in English:

defend


See definition of defend

verb

1‘a tower built to defend Ireland from Napoleon's threatened invasion’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

attack

2‘he defended his policy of charging high interest rates’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

attack, criticize

3‘the manager defended his players’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

criticize