defend [ dih-fend ]
Main Entry: defend
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: protect
Synonyms: avert, battle, beat off, bulwark, care for, cherish, conserve, contend, cover, entrench, espouse, fend off, fight, fight for, fortify, foster, garrison, guard, guard against, hedge, hold, hold at bay, house, insure, keep safe, look after, maintain, mine, nourish, oppose, panoply, preserve, prevent, provide sanctuary, repel danger, resist, retain, safeguard, save, screen, secure, shelter, shield, stave off, sustain, take in, uphold, war, ward off, watch, watch over, withstand
Antonyms: abandon, attack, desert, leave, quit, relinquish, resign, surrender
Main Entry: defend
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: show support for
Synonyms: advocate, aid, apologize for, argue, assert, back, back up, bear one out, befriend, champion, come to defense of, cover for, endorse, espouse, exculpate, exonerate, explain, go to bat for, guarantee, justify, maintain, plead, prove a case, put in a good word, rationalize, recommend, ride shotgun for, say in defense, second, speak up for, stand by, stand up for, stick up for, stonewall, support, sustain, thump for, uphold, vindicate, warrant
Antonyms: deny, forsake, renounce
Main Entry: acknowledge
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: verbally recognize authority
Synonyms: accede, accept, acquiesce, agree, allow, approve, attest to, certify, defend, defer to, endorse, grant, own, ratify, recognize, subscribe to, support, take an oath, uphold, yield
Antonyms: forswear, ignore, refuse, renounce, repudiate
Main Entry: advocate
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: support idea or cause publicly
Synonyms: advance, advise, argue for, back, be in corner, bless, bolster, boost*, brace up, build up, campaign for, champion, countenance, defend, encourage, favor, further, get on bandwagon, give a leg up, give a lift, go for, go to bat for, go with, hold with, justify, plead for, plug*, plump for, press for, promote, propose, push, recommend, ride shotgun for, root for, run interference for, say so, side, speak for, spread around, stump for, support, tout, uphold, urge, vindicate
Antonyms: assail, attack, criticize, impugn, oppose, protest
Main Entry: answer
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: reply, react
Synonyms: acknowledge, answer back, argue, back at you, back talk, be in touch, claim, comeback, contest, counterclaim, defend, deny, disprove, dispute, echo, explain, feedback, field the question, get back at, get back to, give a snappy comeback, parry, plead, rebut, refute, rejoin, remark, resolve, respond, retaliate, retort, return, sass, say, settle, shoot back, solve, squelch, talk back, top*
Antonyms: ask, question
Main Entry: argue
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: try to convince; present support
Synonyms: appeal, assert, attest, claim, contend, controvert, defend, demonstrate, denote, display, elucidate, establish, evince, exhibit, explain, hold, imply, indicate, justify, maintain, manifest, persuade, plead, present, prevail upon, reason, show, suggest, talk into, testify, vindicate, warrant, witness
Antonyms: agree, comply
Main Entry: assert
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: insist, declare, maintain
Synonyms: advance, affirm, allege, argue, asservate, attest, aver, avouch, avow, butt in, cite, claim, contend, defend, horn in, justify, mouth off, pop off, predicate, press, proclaim, profess, pronounce, protest, put forward, say, shoot off one's mouth, shoot one's wad, stand up for, state, stress, swear, uphold, vindicate, warrant
Antonyms: deny, reject
Main Entry: barricade
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: block, usually to protect
Synonyms: bar, blockade, defend, fortify, obstruct, shut in
Antonyms: allow, open
Main Entry: champion
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: advocate, support
Synonyms: back, battle, contend, defend, espouse, fight for, go to bat for, patronize, plead for, promote, put in a good word for, ride shotgun for, side with, stand behind, stand up for, support, thump for, uphold
Antonyms: be against, oppose
Main Entry: cherish
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: care about deeply
Synonyms: admire, adore, appreciate, apprize, care for, clasp, cleave to, cling to, coddle, comfort, cosset, cultivate, defend, dote on, embrace, encourage, enshrine, entertain, fancy, fondle, foster, guard, harbor, hold dear, hold in high esteem, honor, hug, idolize, like, love, nourish, nurse, nurture, pet, preserve, prize, revere, reverence, safeguard, shelter, shield, support, sustain, treasure, value, venerate, worship
Antonyms: abandon, denounce, forsake, not care, renounce
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