defend vs maintain what difference

what is difference between defend and maintain

English

Etymology

From Middle English defenden, from Old French defendre, deffendre (Modern French défendre), from Latin dēfendō (to ward off), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰen-.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈfɛnd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /dɛˈfɛnd/, /diˈfɛnd/, /dəˈfɛnd/
  • Rhymes: -ɛnd

Verb

defend (third-person singular simple present defends, present participle defending, simple past and past participle defended)

  1. (transitive) To ward off attacks against; to fight to protect; to guard.
  2. (transitive) To support by words or writing; to vindicate, talk in favour of.
  3. (transitive, law) To make legal defence of; to represent (the accused).
  4. (sports) To focus one’s energies and talents on preventing opponents from scoring, as opposed to focusing on scoring.
  5. (sports) To attempt to retain a title, or attempt to reach the same stage in a competition as one did in the previous edition of that competition.
  6. (poker slang) To call a raise from the big blind.
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To ward off, repel (an attack or attacker).
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.viii:
      The vertue is, that neither steele, nor stone / The stroke thereof from entrance may defend [].
  8. (transitive, obsolete) To prevent, to keep (from doing something).
  9. (transitive, intransitive, obsolete) To prohibit, forbid.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:defend

Antonyms

  • attack

Derived terms

  • defendable
  • defendant
  • defender
  • defending

Related terms

  • defense, defence
  • defensive

Translations

Anagrams

  • fended


English

Etymology

From Middle English mayntenen, from Old French maintenir, from Late Latin manūteneō, manūtenēre (I support), from Latin manū (with the hand) + teneō (I hold).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /meɪnˈteɪn/, /mənˈteɪn/
  • Rhymes: -eɪn

Verb

maintain (third-person singular simple present maintains, present participle maintaining, simple past and past participle maintained)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To support (someone), to back up or assist (someone) in an action. [14th-19thc.]
  2. To keep up; to preserve; to uphold (a state, condition etc.). [from 14thc.]
  3. To declare or affirm (a clause) to be true; to assert. [from 15thc.]

Antonyms

  • (to keep up): abandon

Derived terms

  • maintainability

Related terms

Translations

Anagrams

  • amanitin

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