1. preposition Towards, to (direction). Example: Dou train vade defeza ou sud dou lã, this train travels to the south of the country.
2. preposition Around (aproximate time or place). Example: Jo finaré ou virc defeza as seix da tarda, I will finish my work around six o’clock in the evening.
Etymology: From Latin de facies.
False friends: defence (English) = defensa.