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protect

[pruh-tekt] /prəˈtɛkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult, etc.; cover or shield from injury or danger.
2.
Economics. to guard (the industry or an industry of a nation) from foreign competition by imposing import duties.
3.
to provide funds for the payment of (a draft, note, etc.).
verb (used without object)
4.
to provide, or be capable of providing, protection:
a floor wax that protects as well as shines.
Origin of protect
1520-1530
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
Synonyms
1. screen, shelter. See defend.
Antonyms
1. attack.
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  • They stood next to Deity and represented and protected the people.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • This we also burnt with fire, after we had protected the fresh flint by plastering it with clay.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • protected on all other sides by the sheer cliff, with a fortification at one point where it was just possible to land.

    Cornwall G. E. Mitton
  • Umra Khan protected him and determined to turn him to his own advantage.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • Nor do I doubt he would, if the fearless confidence with which he inspired his troops could have protected his life.

    London to Ladysmith via Pretoria Winston Spencer Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for protected

protect

/prəˈtɛkt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to defend from trouble, harm, attack, etc
2.
(economics) to assist (domestic industries) by the imposition of protective tariffs on imports
3.
(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

protect

v.

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

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