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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.