1 bodyguard, escort, guard, protector
2 advocate, champion, patron, sponsor, supporter, vindicator
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defender ( defenders plural )
1 n-count If someone is a defenderof a particular thing or person that has been criticized, they argue or act in support of that thing or person.
usu N of n
...the most ardent defenders of conventional family values.
2 n-count A defender in a game such as football or hockey is a player whose main task is to try and stop the other side scoring.
public defender ( public defenders plural ) A public defender is a lawyer who is employed by a city or county to represent people who are accused of crimes but cannot afford to pay for a lawyer themselves.
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