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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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1. screen, shelter.

Synonym study

1. See defend.

Antonyms

1. attack.
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Examples from the Web for well-protected

Historical Examples

  • Afterwards there is plain country to a well-protected green.

    The Happy Golfer

    Henry Leach

  • They pitched the teepees, looking like a trio of white conical bowlders, in a well-protected bottom.

  • Big Knee was compelled to sleep alone in a well-protected hut, and the women grew more determined than ever to work him an injury.

  • The eastern coast of the island is indented by a bay, which forms a well-protected harbour.

  • Of course, in well-protected localities, these distinctions are not so marked, but even there are discernible to a trained eye.

    Indian Scout Talks

    Charles A. Eastman


British Dictionary definitions for well-protected

well-protected

adjective (well protected when postpositive)
  1. having suitable defence against attack, harm, etc
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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for well-protected

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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