- 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 protected
The story of a mother, her son, the police who protected them, and the peaceful protest that brought them all together.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner
December 8, 2014
Just another golden treasure hidden somewhere in the great unknown, waiting to be discovered, plundered and protected.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
And when there are transgressions, the perpetrators should be brought to justice, not protected.How UVA Is Failing Its Women
November 20, 2014
Perhaps more importantly, she protected and elevated causes and voices—diverse voices—that would have otherwise never been heard.The Valerie Jarrett I Know: How She Saved the Obama Campaign and Why She’s Indispensable
November 18, 2014
The Fish and Wildlife officer told him that it was illegal to possess a protected species or a raptor.He Faces Jail for Rescuing Baby Eagles
November 2, 2014
This we also burnt with fire, after we had protected the fresh flint by plastering it with clay.The Trail Book
Umra Khan protected him and determined to turn him to his own advantage.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
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
- 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 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.