Synonyms for Defend:

n.

allow, appeal, appear, arraign, bring, call, cite, claim, convoy, entrench, escort, fend off, garrison, hedge, keep off, mine, stave off, surrender, ward off, yield, bring before. abandon, bolster, care for, cherish, espouse, foster, house, insure, leave, look after, nourish, raise, second, watch, watch over, take in, keep (a) watch. accuse, advocate, aid, befriend, charge, contest, convict, duel, enter, exculpate, exonerate, guarantee, meet, race, rationalize, recommend, ride, speak for, vindicate, warrant, take up, cover up for, stand up for, stick up for. attack. back (noun)
stand up for.
defend (noun)
champion, fend for, fight, fight back, fight down, guard, hold, maintain, oppose, represent, support.

v.

apologize (verb)
apologize, atone, confess, plead, regret, repent.
communication (verb)
fend for, maintain, support.
competition (verb)
guard, hold.
contend (verb)
antagonize, bicker, brawl, clash, conflict, confront, contend, contrast, dispute, dissent, encounter, face, hassle, protest, quarrel, stand, struggle, vie, withstand, wrangle, wrestle.
defend (verb)
argue, avert, backfire, bar, barricade, buffer, counter, counterattack, cover, fend, guard, oppose, police, protect, resist, safeguard, save, screen, secure, shelter, shield, support, sustain, uphold, ward.
disprove (verb)
belie, confute, contradict, contravene, disprove, negate, overturn, parry, subvert.
protect (verb)
avert, care for, cherish, conserve, contend, cover, entrench, espouse, fend off, fight, foster, garrison, guard, hedge, hold, house, insure, look after, maintain, mine, nourish, oppose, preserve, resist, safeguard, save, screen, secure, shelter, shield, stave off, sustain, uphold, ward off, watch, watch over, withstand, take in.
respond (verb)
acknowledge, answer, deny, echo, explain, expound, justify, object, react, rebut, refute, reply, respond, retort, return.
show support for (verb)
advocate, aid, argue, befriend, champion, exculpate, exonerate, explain, guarantee, justify, plead, rationalize, recommend, second, support, vindicate, warrant, stand up for, stick up for.
social (verb)
represent.
support (verb)
stick up for.

Other synonyms:

advocate, entrench, cover up for. cherish, vindicate. escort, mine. look after. guarantee, watch. cover
fend, watch over.
fend off
keep off.
keep off
fend off.
protect
safeguard, shield.
rescue
save.
Other relevant words:
accuse, advocate, aid, allow, appeal, appear, arraign, attack, befriend, bolster, bring, call, care for, champion, charge, cherish, cite, claim, contest, convict, convoy, duel, enter, entrench, escort, espouse, exculpate, exonerate, fend for, fend off, fight, fight back, fight down, foster, garrison, guarantee, hedge, hold, house, insure, keep off, leave, look after, meet, mine, nourish, race, raise, rationalize, recommend, represent, ride, second, speak for, stave off, surrender, vindicate, ward off, warrant, watch, watch over, yield, stand up for, stick up for.

Usage examples for defend

  1. " Master, we are safe," said he, " if we can defend ourselves for a few minutes. – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  2. We shall remain with you at our post to defend your interests. – A Journey Through France in War Time by Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
  3. But let the king remember him and send fifty men as a garrison to defend the country. – Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations by Archibald Sayce