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Synonyms for fend

fend for yourself


  • look after yourself
  • support yourself
  • sustain yourself
  • take care of yourself
  • provide for yourself
  • make do
  • make provision for yourself
  • shift for yourself

fend something or someone off: deflect


fend something or someone off: beat off

Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

Synonyms for fend

to turn or drive away

to keep safe from danger, attack, or harm

to progress or perform adequately, especially in difficult circumstances

The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Synonyms for fend

try to manage without help

withstand the force of something

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"There are only a few clubs that can fend off interest from clubs in a higher level."
MY BALL: Determination on the face of a Coast Soccer player as he fends off a Cramlington challenge at under-11 level (above); FUL OF EFFORT: Sunderland-based Fulwell FC (plain shirts) against Cramlington Juniors Reds in the under-13 competition (left); BLYTH SPIRIT: Blyth Spartans Under-13s (dark shirts) fend off Scottish side Rosyth Colts (right); ON THE ATTACK: Wallsend BC push forward against Wansbeck in an under-13 match (above); WHITE HOT: Cramlington Whites (in white shorts) in possession during their under-13 meeting with Swanside Boys (left and below); TWO AGAINST ONE: More from the Blyth Spartans-Rosyth under-13 match (above)
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With no cage and no keepers, the lions fend for themselves in the war-ravaged city.
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Here I was told to fend for myself as we were invited to another house for turkey dinner later.
RIT and IT security company McAfee partnered for the second year to provide students with hands-on experience in building and defending "digital fortresses." During a 24-hour period this spring, students had to fend off network attacks simulated by McAfee engineers.
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The book describes a fictional American city, Bellona, that is nearly destroyed (by an event that is never fully explained) and is then forsaken by federal authorities who leave the metropolis to the mercy of looters, abandoning the residents who remain to fend for themselves.
In response, the organization explores ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency to fend off competition.
The judge turned this proposal down because she concluded that the Minister's proposed placement was "contrary to J's welfare and would not enhance her ability to care and fend for herself." However, the Appeal Court ruled that the Family Court judge had exceeded her jurisdiction.
To fend them off, he transforms himself into Paperboy, an African American superhero who punishes with paper objects and wicked paper cuts.
We've all done stupid things when we're drunk, and it sounds like you did your inebriated best to fend off this lass - but a picture paints a thousand words.