Definition of protect in English:

protect

Syllabification: pro·tect
Pronunciation: /prəˈtekt
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Keep safe from harm or injury: he tried to protect Kelly from the attack [no object]: certain vitamins may protect against heart disease
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    • She must accept the inevitable and protect against the greater harm.
    • A number of acute-phase reactants protect against tissue injury in response to heat stress.
    • I promised to protect you, all those years ago at the orphanage, and that's what I am doing right now.
    Synonyms
    keep safe, keep from harm, save, safeguard, preserve, defend, shield, cushion, insulate, hedge, shelter, screen, secure, fortify, guard, watch over, look after, take care of, keep; inoculate
  • 1.1 (often as adjective protected) Aim to preserve (a threatened plant or animal species) by legislating against collecting or hunting.
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    • As for the wild yak, all that shooting over the years has decimated its numbers so that the wild animals are now a protected species with their own nature preserve.
    • Lack of socialization of the law by the conservation office is frequently blamed for the flourishing trade in souvenirs made from protected animal parts in the province.
    • Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, anyone killing a protected bird or animal faces fines of up £5,000 and possible imprisonment.
  • 1.2 (often as adjective protected) Restrict by law access to or development of (land) so as to preserve its natural state: logging is continuing in protected areas in violation of an international agreement
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    • Many of the actions required are already within the scope of existing conventions concerned with wildlife conservation, insofar as they list marine species or marine protected areas on their annexes.
    • Sadly all these developments are taking place in areas that were previously protected from any tourist development projects.
    • The decision opens the previously protected areas to development.
    Synonyms
    secured, sheltered, in safe hands, safe, guarded, out of danger, safeguarded, preserved
  • 1.3(Of an insurance policy) promise to pay (someone) an agreed amount in the event of loss, injury, fire, theft, or other misfortune: in the event of your death, your family will be protected against any financial problems that may arise
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    • You can't eliminate the risks of travel, but travel insurance can protect you against financial loss.
    • Watercraft liability covers you just like car liability insurance protects you in the event of an accident where you are found to be at fault.
    • Collision Damage Waver insurance is important but only protects you from financial loss in respect to the vehicle.
  • 1.4 Economics Shield (a domestic industry) from competition by imposing import duties on foreign goods.
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    • He said in this case it was the duty of the Government to set up safeguard measures to protect the domestic industry.
    • The Republicans claimed that such interventions were necessary not only for financing government but also for protecting domestic industry and jobs.
    • An attempt to protect domestic industry can do nothing to change this reality.
  • 1.5 Computing Restrict access to or use of (data or a memory location): security products are designed to protect information from unauthorized access
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    • It also protects information stored on memory cards.
    • When you submit sensitive information via the Web site, your information is protected both online and off-line.
    • Additionally, the company agreed not to misrepresent the extent to which it protects customer information from unauthorized access.

Derivatives

protectable

adjective
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  • In addition to assisting clients in protecting their intellectual property, it provides clients with audits, which identify protectable intellectual property within their business.
  • Even TV listings, once treated as protectable by the Irish courts, may no longer qualify for legal protection.
  • To do so, she would have to convince the judge of three things: first, that she had a protectable trademark; second, that consumers might confuse the brands; and third, that the company would suffer irreparable harm as a result.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin protect- 'covered in front', from the verb protegere, from pro- 'in front' + tegere 'to cover'.

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