Definition of protect in English:

protect

verb

[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’
    • ‘Hanging begonias should also be protected from strong winds as much as possible.’
    • ‘The same, however, is not the case for items protected by copyright.’
    • ‘Can you give me some examples of what can happen if moral rights aren't protected by legislation?’
    • ‘However, they should be treated differently and part of their privacy is not protected by law.’
    • ‘How come this stuff wasn't protected by attorney-client privilege?’
    • ‘They did not take my fears seriously and they went back on their promise to protect me.’
    • ‘The base was a mile below the surface and was also protected by an energy shield.’
    • ‘We have rights which are constitutionally protected and we have the right to exercise those rights.’
    • ‘Holding shares will not protect workers from job losses or attacks on conditions.’
    • ‘Also try to place your containers in an area that is protected from wind.’
    • ‘It has directly lied about these events to protect its soldiers.’
    • ‘I thought my privacy was protected by the constitution.’
    • ‘She must accept the inevitable and protect against the greater harm.’
    • ‘Recent research shows that only half the dogs and cats in the UK are fully protected against infectious diseases.’
    • ‘Framed in a rich tortoiseshell, their square amber lenses protect against UV damage.’
    • ‘Fortunately it was a thick material so as to protect the thing better.’
    • ‘A number of acute-phase reactants protect against tissue injury in response to heat stress.’
    • ‘Another essential fat, omega - 3, also protects against heart disease.’
    • ‘I hope outrage is expressed - we have got to protect what we have.’
    • ‘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 guard on, stand guard on
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    1. 1.1often 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The decision opens the previously protected areas to development.’
      • ‘The county development plan envisioned The Curragh being designated a national park and protected from development as an Area of Special Amenity.’
      • ‘In the last 70 years, extirpations have continued even in natural areas protected in parks.’
      • ‘They are also involved in improving public access, protecting agricultural lands, and restoring urban waterfronts.’
      • ‘Known endangered species are currently protected from any form of testing by law, with the exception of testing a cure which may be for the benefit of the particular species.’
      • ‘Up until then, they'd been a relatively protected species.’
      • ‘In the southeast quadrant, the remaining primary forest has been set aside as a conservation area protected by legislation and supernatural strictures.’
      • ‘None of the sites are protected from agricultural development.’
      • ‘The local council plans to demolish over 400 houses in blocks immediately adjacent to almost indistinguishable streets protected as a conservation area.’
      • ‘Since then areas have been marked off as reef preserves or protected areas, and many of the dive sites have been buoyed.’
      • ‘Water quality in reservoirs will also be improved and the forests in their catchment areas better protected.’
      • ‘The final hurdle has at last been overcome in the battle to give Middleton protected Conservation Area status.’
      • ‘National Park chiefs have given two Dales villages conservation area status to protect them from inappropriate development.’
      • ‘Even areas protected as parkland have suffered significant losses of native plant species.’
      • ‘This ‘new’ land is increasingly being taken from areas with deep peat soils and is thus nominally protected from development.’
      • ‘The area of blanket bog protected is 35,397 ha, or 88% of the official blanket bog target.’
      • ‘At the moment less than 5% of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is actually protected as no-take areas and that clearly has to change.’
      • ‘None of the commercial hunters I have met would have starved if he had refrained from hunting totally protected species.’
      • ‘Sadly all these developments are taking place in areas that were previously protected from any tourist development projects.’
      secured, sheltered, in safe hands, safe, guarded, out of danger, safeguarded, preserved
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    2. 1.2 (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’
      • ‘Insurance protects you against assorted material and personal losses; surety bonding promises performance on contracts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Basic coverage will protect you against fire, vandalism, lightning, and water damage.’
      • ‘You can't eliminate the risks of travel, but travel insurance can protect you against financial loss.’
    3. 1.3Economics 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’
      • ‘High-cost industries were protected from competition by institutional privileges and geographical barriers to trade.’
      • ‘He said in this case it was the duty of the Government to set up safeguard measures to protect the domestic industry.’
      • ‘An attempt to protect domestic industry can do nothing to change this reality.’
      • ‘A new structure of tariffs on imports is designed to further protect Russian industries from foreign competition.’
      • ‘The Republicans claimed that such interventions were necessary not only for financing government but also for protecting domestic industry and jobs.’
    4. 1.4Computing Restrict access to or use of (data or a memory location)
      ‘security products are designed to protect information from unauthorized access’
      • ‘When you submit sensitive information via the Web site, your information is protected both online and off-line.’
      • ‘The locked box may be an operating system using a secure file system to protect data from unauthorized access.’
      • ‘It also protects information stored on memory cards.’
      • ‘These domains were protected from one another by internal firewalls and perimeter security.’
      • ‘Additionally, the company agreed not to misrepresent the extent to which it protects customer information from unauthorized access.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

protect

/prəˈtɛkt/