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[v] protect or fight for as a champion
[v] argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike"
[v] state or assert; "He maintained his innocence"
[v] fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!"
[v] be on the defensive; act against an attack
[v] protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
[v] be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"

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assail, attack, prosecute