how to pronounce defense


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defense is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of defense in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… the first line of defense or the first …”

meanings of defense


  1. A prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance.
  2. Government policy or (infra)structure related to the military.
  3. A strategy and tactics employed to prevent the other team from scoring; contrasted with offense.
  4. An argument in support or justification of something.
  5. The portion of a team dedicated to preventing the other team from scoring; contrasted with offense.
  6. Anything employed to oppose attack(s).
  7. The lawyer or team thereof who presents such a case.
  8. The case presented by the defendant in a legal proceeding.
  9. The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury.

defense frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word defense occurs in english on average 35.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics defense can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that defense can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

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