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

     

    forfend

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//fɔːˈfend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈfend//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they forfend
    BrE BrE//fɔːˈfend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈfend//
     
    he / she / it forfends
    BrE BrE//fɔːˈfendz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈfendz//
     
    past simple forfended
    BrE BrE//fɔːˈfendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈfendɪd//
     
    past participle forfended
    BrE BrE//fɔːˈfendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈfendɪd//
     
    -ing form forfending
    BrE BrE//fɔːˈfendɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɔːrˈfendɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1(also forefend) forfend something (North American English) to prevent something
  2. 2forfend something (old use) to prevent something or keep something away
  3. Idioms
    Heaven/God forfend (that)…
     
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    (humorous or old use) used to say that you are frightened of the idea of something happening Heaven forfend that students are encouraged to think!
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: forfend