- providing protection or shelter.
Origin of protecting
- 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 protecting
The CDA was passed not in the name of censorship but in the name of protecting children from stumbling across sexual material.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
Unfortunately, this is more about protecting the legacy of a ‘great man.’Phylicia Rashad and the Cult of Cosby Truthers
January 8, 2015
In the name of protecting passengers, however, tourists in Las Vegas are unable to take advantage of this service.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB?
Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman
December 30, 2014
The NFL cares about only one thing: protecting the 32 franchise owners.Roger Goodell and the NFL’s Path to Power
December 11, 2014
Harry has longed for his parents ever since they were killed while protecting him from the evil Valdemort.During Advent, Lots of Waiting, But Not Enough Hope
December 7, 2014
Sidney was holding the tiny squirrel in warm, protecting hands.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
If God withdrew His protecting hand, I should perish immediately.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
Katy shook off Linda's protecting arm and straightened suddenly.Her Father's Daughter
She missed him poignantly, with all the force of her protecting passion.The Secret Agent
Instead she was a lioness, watching over and protecting her sick mate.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
- 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 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.