defense

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This word may also be spelled “defence.”
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
1. (military)
a. la defensa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
The budget for national defense is projected to be larger this year than last.Está previsto que el presupuesto para la defensa nacional sea mayor este año que el año pasado.
2. (sports)
a. la defensa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
Kevin plays defense on his football team.Kevin juega en la defensa de su equipo de fútbol americano.
3. (personal)
a. la defensa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
Zuriel came to his sister's defense when some kids in school were picking on her.Zuriel salió en defensa de su hermana cuando algunos niños en la escuela se estaban metiendo con ella.
4. (legal)
a. la defensa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
The defense calls its first witness.La defensa llama a su primer testigo.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
5. (acting in defense)
a. defensor
As a defense lawyer, she works with very interesting people.Como abogada defensora, trabaja con gente muy interesante.
defenses
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
6. (biology)
a. defensas
With healthy eating, you increase your body's defenses naturally.Con una alimentación saludable, incrementas las defensas de tu cuerpo en forma natural.
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defense [dɪˈfens]
noun
(US)
defence
defense (US)
[dɪˈfens]
noun
(all senses) defensa (f)
as a defence against como defensa contra
the body's defences against disease las defensas del organismo contra la enfermedad
the case for the defence el argumento de la defensa
counsel for the defence abogadoaabogada (m) (f) defensoradefensora;a abogada a defensora
Department of Defense (US)
Ministry of Defence See culture box in entry ministry.
in his defence en su defensa
what have you to say in your own defence? ¿qué tiene usted que decir or alegar en defensa propia?; in defence of sth en defensa de algo; to come out in defence of salir en defensa de
Minister of Defence (Britain) Ministro (m) de Defensa
Ministry of Defence (Britain) Ministerio (m) de Defensa
Secretary (of State) for Defence (Britain)Secretary of Defense (US) Ministro (m) de Defensa
witness for the defence testigo (m) de cargo; testigo (m) de la defensa
modifier
[+policy, strategy, costs] de defensa
defence counsel (n) abogadoaabogada (m) (f) defensoradefensora;a abogada a defensora
defence forces (n) fuerzas (f) defensivas
defence mechanism (n) mecanismo (m) de defensa
defence spending (n) gastos (m) de defensa
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