from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To keep or ward off; avert.
- transitive v. Archaic To forbid.
- transitive v. To defend or protect.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To prohibit; to forbid; to avert.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To prohibit; to forbid; to avert.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fend off; avert; forbid.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
Middle English forfenden : for-, for- + fenden, to ward off; see fend.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English forfenden ("to ward off, protect, prohibit"). More at for- + fend. (Wiktionary)