- 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.).
- to provide, or be capable of providing, protection: a floor wax that protects as well as shines.
Origin of protect
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Examples from the Web for protect
When our elected representatives assume their respective offices, they take an oath to “protect and defend the Constitution.”Are Police Stealing People’s Property?
Joan Blades, Matt Kibbe
January 2, 2015
Luckily, Tor was prepared for this sort of assault, and has built-in defenses to protect against it.The Attack on the Hidden Internet
December 29, 2014
Such large sheets are common in Kobani, meant to protect fighters and civilians from the ever gazing eyes of ISIS snipers.The Brothers Who Ambushed ISIS
Mohammed A. Salih
December 27, 2014
Sometimes politicians oppose reform for nefarious reasons—to protect a special interest or a major donor, for example.Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?
Peter Orszag, Jim Nussle
December 23, 2014
The NRA wants the ability to sue local officials for passing laws that protect public safety.The NRA’s Twisted List for Santa
December 23, 2014
On his death-bed he charged his nephew to protect and cherish me as a sister.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
They were putting on outer clothes from the store-room to protect them from the dirt and damp.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Could he be asked to shield and protect her, or what would become of her?Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
We must protect her from the consequences of her own foolishness.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
I prayed for forgiveness, and asked God to direct and protect me.Biography of a Slave
- 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 and History for protect
mid-15c., from Latin protectus, past participle of protegere "to protect, cover in front" (see protection). International economics sense from 1789. Related: Protected; protecting.