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Fend is sometimes a misspelling of friend.

Definition of the noun fend

What does fend mean as a name of something?


  1. [context: UK dialectal] An enemy; fiend; the Devil.

Definition of the verb fend

What does fend mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: fended | fending | fends

  1. try to manage without help
    • example: The youngsters had to fend for themselves after their parents died
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic terms: contend / cope / deal / get by / grapple / make do / make out / manage = succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something) with the limited or inadequate means available
  2. withstand the force of something

Alternative definition of the verb fend


  1. [intransitive] To take care of or responsibility for oneself.
  2. [archaic, except as "fend for oneself"] To defend, to take care of; typically construed with [term, for].

Phrases with fend

  1. fend for
  2. fend off
  3. Fend Away
  4. Fend and Prove
  5. Fend For Oneself

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for fend

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Google previewRethinking Criminal Law (2000)

by George P. Fletcher

fend is the extreme closest to consummation. This test is expressed in English jurisprudence as the threshold of the “last step" or the “last proximate step” toward commission of the offense. The actor must take all steps connected with the ...

Google previewModelling Techniques for Business Process Re-engineering and Benchmarking (1997)

by Guy Doumeingts, J. Browne

FEND is a federation of members, including European Companies and Universities, building a network of excellence in Enterprise Knowledge Development defined as the communication, integration, adaptation and use of organisational ...

Google previewA Handbook for Travellers in Southern Germany (1857)

Being a Guide to Würtemberg, Bavaria, Austria, Tyrol, Salzburg, Styria &c., the Austrian and Bavarian Alps, and the Danube from Ulm to the Black Sea by John Murray

" Fend is a miserable assemblage of 5 or 6 huts, 6000 ft. above the sea, in the near neighbourhood of the glaciers.

Google previewA Dictionary of North East Dialect (2010)

by Bill Griffiths

fend ...

Google previewAn Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language: Illustrating the Words in Their Different Significations, by Examples from Ancient and Modern Writers; Shewing Their Affinity to Those of Other Languages, and Especially the Northern; Explaining Many Terms, Which, Though Now Obsolete in England, Were Formerly Common to Both Countries; and Elucidating National Rites, Customs, and Institutions, in Their Analogy to Those of Other Nations: to which is Prefixed, a Dissertation on the Origin of the Scottish Language (1808)

by John Jamieson

FEND, a. 2. To FEND, v. a. To tempt. Our lordis, for thair mycht; Will allgate fecht agane the rycht. Bot quha sa werrayis wrangwysly, Thai fend God all to gretumly: And thaim may happyn to mysfall. Barbour, xii. 864. MS. Ofl'end occurs in edit.

Google previewKnight's American Mechanical Dictionary (1884)

A Description of Tools, Instruments, Machines, Processes, and Engineering; History of Inventions; General Technological Vocabulary; and Digest of Mechanical Appliances in Science and the Arts by Edward Henry Knight

Fend'er. A contrivance to fend off an object ...

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Quotes about fend

There may or may not be a God or gods; the Siblings do not concern themselves with proving or disproving such a thing. By definition, gods are more powerful than men, and thus quite able to fend for themselves without help. (Steve Perry)
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Scrabble value of F4E1N1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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