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[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.
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 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.
1. attack.
Synonym Study
1. See defend. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for well-protected
Historical Examples
  • Afterwards there is plain country to a well-protected green.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • They pitched the teepees, looking like a trio of white conical bowlders, in a well-protected bottom.

  • Big Knee was compelled to sleep alone in a well-protected hut, and the women grew more determined than ever to work him an injury.

  • The eastern coast of the island is indented by a bay, which forms a well-protected harbour.

  • Of course, in well-protected localities, these distinctions are not so marked, but even there are discernible to a trained eye.

    Indian Scout Talks Charles A. Eastman
  • Leaving strong outposts, we retired to the well-protected camp, rejoicing loudly and boasting of more than two-score scalps.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • The hen is sly in secreting her nest, but usually selects a dry, well-protected place.

    Domestic Animals Richard L. Allen
  • William was quick to recognize the vast strength of the clergy and the well-protected force of cloistered public opinion.

    The Normans Sarah Orne Jewett
  • A co-ed is a well-protected person, in spite of what may be read in the newspapers about her freedom.

  • "This would be a great, big ocean for a fairy," Derry commented, flicking a wide puddle with a well-protected little foot.

    The Heart of Rachael Kathleen Norris
British Dictionary definitions for well-protected


adjective (well protected when postpositive)
having suitable defence against attack, harm, etc


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for well-protected



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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