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[pruh-tek-ting] /prəˈtɛk tɪŋ/
providing protection or shelter.
Origin of protecting
1620-30; protect + -ing2
Related forms
protectingly, adverb
protectingness, noun
nonprotecting, adjective
unprotecting, adjective


[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.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for protecting
  • Planking salmon gives it a deep, woodsy taste and keeps it moist by protecting it from the flames.
  • Water plants keep ponds shaded, protecting them from heat buildup that stimulates algae growth.
  • They say that they consider it as the best means of protecting liberty.
  • It threw its protecting arm around our great industries, and they stood erect with new life.
  • Sir, it is not meet that our old flag should throw its protecting folds over expeditions for lucre or for land.
  • Finally they succeeded in protecting it so that he could not reach it.
  • They too may decay with their natural protecting principles.
  • The majority were bites, often inflicted while people were protecting their pets.
  • The city might be riddled with violations of the laws protecting historic buildings.
  • Our private-messaging system allows you to contact other posters while protecting your privacy and theirs.
British Dictionary definitions for protecting


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 protecting



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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