fend for yourself
be able to
be left to, have to

The children were left to fend for themselves.

learn to

Clara learned to fend for herself.

let sb

We can let our guests fend for themselves.

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • fend — fend …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • fend — [fend] v [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: defend] fend for yourself to look after yourself without needing help from other people ▪ The kids had to fend for themselves while their parents were away. fend off [fend sb/sth off] phr v 1.) to defend… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fend — /fɛnd / (say fend) verb (t) 1. to parry: he fended the questions skilfully. 2. Obsolete to defend. –noun Also, fend off. 3. Sport a fending movement. –phrase 4. fend for, to provide for: to fend for oneself. 5. fend off …   Australian English dictionary

  • Fend — Fend, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fending}.] [Abbrev. fr. defend.] To keep off; to prevent from entering or hitting; to ward off; to shut out; often with off; as, to fend off blows. [1913 Webster] With fern beneath to fend the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fend — ist der Familienname von Fritz Fend (1920–2000), deutscher Automobilkonstrukteur Helmut Fend (* 1940), österreichischer Pädagogikprofessor Werner Fend (1926–1997), österreichischer Lehrer, Jäger, Fotograf, Tierfilmer und Autor …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • fend — /fend/, v.t. 1. to ward off (often fol. by off): to fend off blows. 2. to defend. v.i. 3. to resist or make defense: to fend against poverty. 4. to parry; fence. 5. to shift; provide: to fend for oneself. [1250 1300; ME fenden, aph. var. of… …   Universalium

  • fend — UK US /fend/ verb ● fend for yourself Cf. fend for yourself …   Financial and business terms

  • fend — [ fend ] verb fend for yourself to look after yourself without help from anyone else ,fend off phrasal verb transitive to defend yourself against an attack a. to protect yourself from a criticism or difficulty by ignoring it or not dealing… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fend — [fend] vt. [ME fenden, aphetic for defenden, DEFEND] Archaic to defend vi. to resist; parry fend for oneself to manage by oneself; get along without help fend off to ward off …   English World dictionary

  • Fend — Fend, v. i. To act on the defensive, or in opposition; to resist; to parry; to shift off. [1913 Webster] The dexterous management of terms, and being able to fend . . . with them, passes for a great part of learning. Locke. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fend — [fend] verb fend for yourself fend sb off …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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