for·fend also fore·fend (fôr-fĕnd)
tr.v. for·fend·ed, for·fend·ing, for·fends also fore·fend·ed or fore·fend·ing or fore·fends
1. To keep or ward off; avert.
2. Archaic To forbid.
[Middle English forfenden : for-, for- + fenden, to ward off; see FEND.]
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