Definition of protect in English:


Line breaks: pro|tect
Pronunciation: /prəˈtɛkt


[with object]
  • 1Keep safe from harm or injury: he tried to protect Kelly from the attack [no object]: use a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB
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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.
    keep safe, keep from harm, save, safeguard, shield, preserve, defend, cushion, shelter, screen, secure, fortify, guard, mount/stand guard on; watch over, look after, take care of, care for, tend, keep, mind, afford protection to, harbour, house, hedge, inoculate, insulate
  • 1.1 (often as adjective protected) Aim to preserve (a threatened species or area) by legislating against collecting, hunting, or development: the natterjack toad is a protected species 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.
    secured, sheltered, in safe hands, safe, guarded, out of danger, safeguarded, preserved
  • 1.2 Economics Shield (a domestic industry) from competition by imposing import duties on foreign goods: Japan’s Ministry of Trade & Industry erected barriers to protect the country’s infant computer industry
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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.
  • 1.3 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.



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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.


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

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