fend

fend
/fend/, v.t.
1. to ward off (often fol. by off): to fend off blows.
2. to defend.
v.i.
3. to resist or make defense: to fend against poverty.
4. to parry; fence.
5. to shift; provide: to fend for oneself.
[1250-1300; ME fenden, aph. var. of defenden to DEFEND]
Syn. 5. manage, make out, get along.

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