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protect

[pruh-tekt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult, etc.; cover or shield from injury or danger.
  2. Economics. to guard (the industry or an industry of a nation) from foreign competition by imposing import duties.
  3. to provide funds for the payment of (a draft, note, etc.).
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verb (used without object)
  1. 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
Related formspro·tect·i·ble, pro·tect·a·ble, adjectivepro·tect·i·bil·i·ty, pro·tect·a·bil·i·ty, nouno·ver·pro·tect, verb (used with object)qua·si-pro·tect·ed, adjectivesem·i·pro·tect·ed, adjectiveun·pro·tect·a·ble, adjectiveun·pro·tect·ed, adjectivewell-pro·tect·ed, adjective

Synonyms

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Synonym study

1. See defend.

Antonyms

1. attack.
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Related Words

exposed, unsafe, unarmed, endangered, unguarded, helpless, powerless, vulnerable, caught, indefensible, naked, open, weak, pregnable

Examples from the Web for unprotected

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Historical Examples

  • Did Phidias express no anxiety concerning your unprotected situation?

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • You must always be a true knight for the persecuted and unprotected.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • I ventured the unprotected name, and she took no notice of the liberty.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • Expose thy naked and unprotected head to glut his vengeance.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • So helpless, so unprotected; so absolutely at his mercy because she loved the children.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker


British Dictionary definitions for unprotected

unprotected

adjective
  1. not protected or safe from trouble, harm, etcan unprotected position
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protect

verb (tr)
  1. to defend from trouble, harm, attack, etc
  2. economics to assist (domestic industries) by the imposition of protective tariffs on imports
  3. commerce to provide funds in advance to guarantee payment of (a note, draft, etc)
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin prōtegere to cover before, from pro- 1 + tegere to cover
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Word Origin and History for unprotected

protect

v.

mid-15c., from Latin protectus, past participle of protegere "to protect, cover in front" (see protection). International economics sense from 1789. Related: Protected; protecting.

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