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.
- pro·tect·i·ble, pro·tect·a·ble, adjective
- pro·tect·i·bil·i·ty, pro·tect·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- o·ver·pro·tect, verb (used with object)
- qua·si-pro·tect·ed, adjective
- sem·i·pro·tect·ed, adjective
- un·pro·tect·a·ble, adjective
- un·pro·tect·ed, adjective
- well-pro·tect·ed, adjective
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How to use protect in a sentence
“I asked to remain anonymous to protect my family, and it ended up that my family got attacked,” Potts said.The Woman Propositioned by Alaska’s Former Lieutenant Governor Tells Her Story for the First Time | by Kyle Hopkins and Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News | September 10, 2020 | ProPublica
It is on those of us who are building companies to protect the wisdom gleaned from community intelligence, to use it responsibly, and to build platforms that advance us all.The race for a COVID-19 vaccine shows the power of ‘community intelligence’ | matthewheimer | September 9, 2020 | Fortune
After mapping established protected areas, which account for 15 percent of Earth’s land, researchers sequentially calculated how much more land needs protecting to meet different goals.Protecting half the planet could help solve climate change and save species | Jonathan Lambert | September 4, 2020 | Science News
“Customers’ personal data and privacy would be protected using this approach,” the researchers wrote.Why American Express is trying technology that makes deepfake videos look real | jonathanvanian2015 | September 3, 2020 | Fortune
He said, “Well, I can see that you guys have created an island in this fire, and we’re here to help you protect it.”
It is grandstanding for a right rarely protected unless under immediate attack.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead | Luke O’Neil | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Mike Barnicle | December 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Jeff Campagna | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And when there are transgressions, the perpetrators should be brought to justice, not protected.
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 | Joshua DuBois | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Thus a straw rope enclosing twenty or more eggs, well protected, was made and thrown over the top of the load.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
This damage to grapes would not, however, be much felt in Guernsey, as all the grapes are protected by orchard-houses.Birds of Guernsey (1879) | Cecil Smith
Provisions are to some extent protected from them, by placing the legs of the tables and presses in plates filled with water.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
The warriors carried sharp spears, bows, and poisoned arrows, and each man was protected by a wooden shield.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
If he is restricted to cash sales only, or is not protected by usage in selling on credit, he cannot do so.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for protect
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)
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