An example of to protect is installing an alarm system in your home.
- to shield from injury, danger, or loss; guard; defend
- Commerce to set aside funds toward the payment of (a note, draft, etc.) at maturity
- Econ. to guard (domestic industry) as by tariffs on imported products
Origin of protect; from Classical Latin protectus, past participle of protegere, to protect ; from pro-, before + tegere, to cover: see thatch
transitive verbpro·tect·ed, pro·tect·ing, pro·tects
- a. To keep from being damaged, attacked, stolen, or injured; guard. See Synonyms at defend.b. To keep from being subjected to difficulty or unpleasantness: a mother who wanted to protect her children from the troubles she had seen when growing up.c. To keep from being curtailed or exposed to risk: The reporter vowed to protect the privacy of his sources.
- To help (domestic industry) with tariffs or quotas on imported goods.
- To assure payment of (drafts or notes, for example) by setting aside funds.
- Sports To attempt to hold (a lead) by playing careful defense and avoiding risky plays.
- Baseball a. To swing at a pitch near (home plate) in order to avoid being called out on strikes.b. To swing at a pitch so as to give (a base runner) a better chance of advancing.
Origin of protectMiddle English protecten, from Latin pr&omacron;tegere, pr&omacron;t&emacron;ct- : pr&omacron;-, in front; see pro–1 + tegere, to cover; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present protects, present participle protecting, simple past and past participle protected)
Attested in English since 1530, from Latin protectus (“covered, protected"), past participle of protegere (“to cover the front, protect") from pro- + tegere (“to cover"). More at thatch. Displaced native Middle English helien, forhelian (“to conceal, protect") (from Old English helian, forhelian (“to conceal, cover, hide"), Middle English bischilden, beschielden (“to protect") (from Middle English schild, shelde (“shield")), Middle English berwen, bergen (“to protect, preserve") (from Old English beorgan (“to protect, preserve")), Middle English mundien, mounden (“to protect") (from Old English mundian (“to protect, watch over, act as guardian over")).
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