(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. support, prove; vindicate. See evidence, defense.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To keep off an enemy; often used figuratively ]
Syn. protect, shield, guard, shelter, screen, resist, beat off, avert, fight for, withstand, cover, retain, hold, repel danger from, ward off, contend for, keep off, stave off, keep at bay, hold at bay, take evasive action, fend off, hedge, entrench, mine, resist invasion, stand on the defensive, provide air cover for; sustain a mortar attack, aerial attack, machine gun attack, etc.; fortify, garrison, convoy, escort, fence round, give an air umbrella; see also sense 2; guard 2 .
Ant. yield*, surrender, give up.
2. [To provide general protection]
Syn. safeguard, secure, maintain, uphold, preserve, espouse, champion, insure, patronize, watch, sustain, apologize for, rally to, support, house, keep, second, provide sanctuary, take in, sustain, bolster, nourish, foster, care for, compass about, cherish, guard against, look after; see also sense 1; raise 2 , support 5 .
Ant. abandon*, leave, forsake.
3. [To support an accused person or thing]
Syn. plead, justify, bear one out, uphold, support, second, exonerate, back, back up, vindicate, advocate, aid, espouse the cause of, befriend, say in defense, be a partisan of, guarantee, endorse, warrant, prove a case, exculpate, maintain, recommend, rationalize, plead one's cause, say a good word for, argue for, speak for, stand up for, plead for, put in a good word for, apologize for, take up, go to bat for*, cover up for*, stick up for*; see also support 2 .
Ant. convict*, accuse, charge.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. protect fight for, guard, fend off, withstand, hold at bay, shield, secure, ward off, preserve.
2. support advocate, back, uphold, stick up for, stand behind, *go to bat for, plead, justify.
ANT.: offend, attack, let down one s guard
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To keep safe from danger, attack, or harm: guard, preserve, protect, safeguard, secure, shield, ward. Archaic: fend. See ATTACK. 2. To support against arguments, attack, or criticism: apologize, justify, maintain, vindicate. Idioms: speak up for, stand up for, stick up for. See SUPPORT.

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