protecting

[ pruh-tek-ting ]
/ prəˈtɛk tɪŋ /

adjective

providing protection or shelter.

Origin of protecting

First recorded in 1620–30; protect + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM protecting

pro·tect·ing·ly, adverbpro·tect·ing·ness, nounnon·pro·tect·ing, adjectiveun·pro·tect·ing, adjective

Definition for protecting (2 of 2)

protect
[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM protect

synonym study for protect

1. See defend.
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British Dictionary definitions for protecting

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)

Word Origin for protect

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