defence


defence
(BrE) (AmE defense) noun
1 action to protect sb/sth from attack
ADJECTIVE
adequate, effective
immune, natural

the body's natural defence against viruses

homeland (AmE), national, territorial
air
civil
nuclear
VERB + DEFENCE/DEFENSE
come to, leap to, rush to, spring to

He always sprang to Rose's defence when Ed tried to criticize her.

PREPOSITION
in defence of

to fight in defence of your country

defence against

defence against attacks from the north

PHRASES
weapons of defence
2 sth that protects sb/sth from sth
ADJECTIVE
effective, strong
coastal, sea
perimeter (AmE)

Perimeter defences around airports and government buildings should be strengthened.

anti-missile, missile
VERB + DEFENCE/DEFENSE
put up

They put up an effective defence against the guerrilla forces.

bolster, improve, strengthen
weaken
destroy, overcome, overwhelm

With her tears she completely overwhelmed his defences.

build, build up, rebuild

They are building up defences along the river.

breach, penetrate

The sea breached the coastal defences in a number of spots.

DEFENCE/DEFENSE + NOUN
mechanism
PREPOSITION
defence against
3 forces, etc. for protecting a country
DEFENCE/DEFENSE + NOUN
capability, establishment, force, forces, system
Defense Department, Defense Secretary (in the US)
minister, ministry (in the UK)
policy, strategy
analyst, expert, planner
contractor, industry
budget, cuts, expenditure, spending
4 argument, esp. in court
ADJECTIVE
good
robust, solid, spirited, staunch, stout (BrE), strong, vigorous
adequate
legal
insanity (esp. AmE)

The judge rejected her insanity defence.

VERB + DEFENCE/DEFENSE
conduct, make, mount, offer, put up, raise
DEFENCE/DEFENSE + NOUN
attorney (AmE), counsel, lawyer, team
witness
PREPOSITION
in sb's defence

She spoke in his defence.

defence of, defence to

a defence to murder

PHRASES
counsel for the defence
5 in sports
ADJECTIVE
good, solid, staunch (esp. BrE), stout (BrE), strong
VERB + DEFENCE/DEFENSE
play (AmE)
put up
destroy, penetrate
improve, strengthen, upgrade (AmE)
PREPOSITION
in defence (BrE), on defence (AmE)

to play in defence

He plays on defence.


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