Protect Definition

protected, protecting, protects
To shield from injury, danger, or loss; guard; defend.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
To keep from being curtailed or exposed to risk.
The reporter vowed to protect the privacy of his sources.
American Heritage
To guard (domestic industry) as by tariffs on imported products.
Webster's New World
To set aside funds toward the payment of (a note, draft, etc.) at maturity.
Webster's New World

Origin of Protect

  • 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")).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English protecten from Latin prōtegere prōtēct- prō- in front pro–1 tegere to cover (s)teg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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