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dēfenso , āvi, ātum, 1,
I.v. a. intens. [defendo]. *
I. To fend off diligently, ward off: “metus,Stat. S. 5, 2, 105.—
II. To defend diligently, protect (rare; mostly ante-class. and poet., not in Cic. or Caes.): “moenia,Plaut. Rud. 3, 3, 30; Sall. J. 26, 1; 60, 3: “alios ab hostibus,id. ib. 97: “humeros,Ov. M. 12, 376: “se ipsa moenia,Liv. 26, 45 (al. defendebant): “se injuria,Plaut. Bacch. 3, 3, 39.—Absol.: “dum defensamus (sc. armentum),Ov. M. 11, 374.
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