Verb fend has 2 senses
  1. fend - try to manage without help; "The youngsters had to fend for themselves after their parents died"
    --1 is one way to
    cope, get by, make out, make do, contend, grapple, deal, manage
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s PP
  2. resist, stand, fend - withstand the force of something; "The trees resisted her"; "stand the test of time"; "The mountain climbers had to fend against the ice and snow"
    --2 is one way to fight, oppose, fight back, fight down, defend
    Derived forms: noun fender2, noun fender3, noun fender1, noun fender4
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something