Pronunciation: (fend), [key]
1. to ward off (often fol. by off): to fend off blows.
2. to defend.
1. to resist or make defense: to fend against poverty.
2. to parry; fence.
3. to shift; provide: to fend for oneself.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.