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[pruh-tekt] /prəˈtɛkt/
verb (used with object)
to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult, etc.; cover or shield from injury or danger.
Economics. to guard (the industry or an industry of a nation) from foreign competition by imposing import duties.
to provide funds for the payment of (a draft, note, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to provide, or be capable of providing, protection:
a floor wax that protects as well as shines.
Origin of protect
1520-30; < Latin prōtēctus, past participle of prōtegere to cover in front, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + teg-, stem of tegere to cover (akin to toga, thatch) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
protectible, protectable, adjective
protectibility, protectability, noun
overprotect, verb (used with object)
quasi-protected, adjective
semiprotected, adjective
unprotectable, adjective
unprotected, adjective
well-protected, adjective
1. screen, shelter. See defend.
1. attack. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for protected
  • And both sets of atrocities were covered up by the agencies that should have protected the weak.
  • If the bubbles aren't properly protected, your meringue will never have much body.
  • Earlier vaccines, such as the one against yellow fever, had shown that being protected.
  • Additional studies in mice and monkeys showed that the vaccines protected the animals.
  • He was put in charge of the city's art museums and successfully protected them from looters.
  • Soon, protected by heavy weapons, they set up their bases inside the favelas.
  • Literature can never be made one of the protected industries.
  • By her office, and place, she is protected from all danger and temptation.
  • And if your department is moving or if new offices become available, make sure the interests of staff members are protected.
  • All the civil rights that ought to accrue to any set of partners, regardless of gender should be protected by society and by law.
British Dictionary definitions for protected


verb (transitive)
to defend from trouble, harm, attack, etc
(economics) to assist (domestic industries) by the imposition of protective tariffs on imports
(commerce) to provide funds in advance to guarantee payment of (a note, draft, etc)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōtegere to cover before, from pro-1 + tegere to cover
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Word Origin and History for protected



mid-15c., from Latin protectus, past participle of protegere "to protect, cover in front" (see protection). International economics sense from 1789. Related: Protected; protecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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