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for·fendalso fore·fend (fôr-fĕnd′)
tr.v. for·fend·ed, for·fend·ing, for·fends also fore·fend·ed or fore·fend·ing or fore·fends
1. To keep or ward off; avert.
2. Archaic To forbid.
[Middle English forfenden : for-, for- + fenden, to ward off; see fend.]
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1. US to protect or secure
2. obsolete to prohibit or prevent
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1. to defend, secure, or protect.
2. to fend off, avert, or prevent.
3. Archaic. to forbid.
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Past participle: forfended
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|Verb||1.||forfend - prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"|
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