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protect

[ pruh-tekt ]
/ prəˈtɛkt /
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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.

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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
1. See defend.
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British Dictionary definitions for protect

protect
/ (prəˈtɛkt) /

verb (tr)

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)
C16: from Latin prōtegere to cover before, from pro- 1 + tegere to cover
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