Definition of fend for phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fend for

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs
to take care of yourself without help from anyone else His parents agreed to pay the rent for his apartment but otherwise left him to fend for himself. The fox was released into the wild when it was old enough to fend for itself. The children were left to fend for themselves. We can let our guests fend for themselves.
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