Definition of fence verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    fence

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//fens//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fens//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fence
    BrE BrE//fens//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fens//
     
    he / she / it fences
    BrE BrE//ˈfensɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfensɪz//
     
    past simple fenced
    BrE BrE//fenst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fenst//
     
    past participle fenced
    BrE BrE//fenst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fenst//
     
    -ing form fencing
    BrE BrE//ˈfensɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfensɪŋ//
     
    Combat sports
     
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  1. 1[transitive] fence something to surround or divide an area with a fence His property is fenced with barbed wire. see also unfenced
  2. 2[intransitive] to take part in the sport of fencing See related entries: Combat sports
  3. 3[intransitive] fence (with somebody) to speak to somebody in a clever way in order to gain an advantage in the conversation
  4. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘defending, defence’): shortening of defence. Compare with fend. Phrasal Verbsfence in somebodyfence somethingoff
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fence