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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

defend against, defend from

The verb defend can be used with either the preposition against or the preposition from.

  • The soldiers defended the villagers against attack.
  • He only wanted to defend his family from harm.