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protecting

[pruh-tek-ting] /prəˈtɛk tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
providing protection or shelter.
Origin of protecting
1620-1630
First recorded in 1620-30; protect + -ing2
Related forms
protectingly, adverb
protectingness, noun
nonprotecting, adjective
unprotecting, adjective

protect

[pruh-tekt] /prəˈtɛkt/
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)
4.
to provide, or be capable of providing, protection:
a floor wax that protects as well as shines.
Origin
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
Synonyms
1. screen, shelter.
Antonyms
1. attack.
Synonym Study
1. See defend.
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Examples from the Web for protecting
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  • Sidney was holding the tiny squirrel in warm, protecting hands.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • If God withdrew His protecting hand, I should perish immediately.

  • Katy shook off Linda's protecting arm and straightened suddenly.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • She missed him poignantly, with all the force of her protecting passion.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Instead she was a lioness, watching over and protecting her sick mate.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for protecting

protect

/prəˈtɛkt/
verb (transitive)
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
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Word Origin and History for protecting

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.

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