Synonyms of fend in English:

fend


See definition of fend

verb

1‘they were unable to fend off a Viking invasion’

SYNONYMS

ward off, head off, stave off, hold off, keep off, repel, repulse, resist, forestall, pre-empt, fight off, defend oneself against, guard against, discourage, prevent, stop, put a stop to, block, intercept, halt, arrest, check, curb, hold back, baulk, foil, thwart, keep at bay, keep at arm's length

parry, turn aside, divert, deflect, avert

skirt round, dodge, duck, escape, evade

ANTONYMS

encourage


Phrases

    fend for oneself

      ‘how could any mother leave a child to fend for itself?’

      SYNONYMS

      take care of oneself, look after oneself, provide for oneself, shift for oneself, manage by oneself, get by alone, get by without help, cope alone, cope unaided, stand on one's own two feet, hold one's own, make it on one's own

      informal

      paddle one's own canoe