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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
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Examples from the Web for protecting
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  • He opened his suit-case, took out from the protecting wadding a small iron death-machine and held it in readiness.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • If God withdrew His protecting hand, I should perish immediately.

  • The horses crowded nearer to the man, and the woman clung tighter to him as he wrapped her more closely in the protecting cloth.

    The Jungle Girl Gordon Casserly
  • He was so small, yet had such a protecting way with the baby.

    Gloria and Treeless Street Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • Though playing a minor rôle, the moon-god is never omitted when a long series of protecting spirits is invoked.

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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