Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

protect

[pruh-tekt]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
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)
  1. 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 formspro·tect·i·ble, pro·tect·a·ble, adjectivepro·tect·i·bil·i·ty, pro·tect·a·bil·i·ty, nouno·ver·pro·tect, verb (used with object)qua·si-pro·tect·ed, adjectivesem·i·pro·tect·ed, adjectiveun·pro·tect·a·ble, adjectiveun·pro·tect·ed, adjectivewell-pro·tect·ed, adjective

Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
1. screen, shelter.

Synonym study

1. See defend.

Antonyms

1. attack.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for protected

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

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

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • Umra Khan protected him and determined to turn him to his own advantage.

  • While Rima is with us, so long as we are on her business, we are protected from above.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • He's taking the trouble to make the approach with protected riflemen.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • As if it was not a favour to be protected from the lamp-iron!

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for protected

protect

verb (tr)
  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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

  • About
  • Cookies, Terms, & Privacy
© 2018 Dictionary.com, LLC.