Synonyms of 'defend'

account, Air, answer, arm, back, bless, bulwark, champion, conserve, contend, counter, cover, espouse, explain, express, fight, flank, fortify, guarantee, guard, haven, insure, justify, keep, maintain, oppose, Parry, patent, police, preserve, prevent, protect, rationalize, rebut, refute, register, reply, resist, respond, riposte, safeguard, screen, secure, shroud, speak for, support, uphold, utter, vindicate, voice, war, ward, ward off, warrant, withstand, vent, underwrite, sustain, shield, shelter, save, nestle, harbor, fend, fence, ensure, cushion, copyright, cloak, claim, battle, avert, assert, armor, argue