Protect meaning

prə-tĕkt
Protect is defined as to defend or guard from danger or loss.

An example of to protect is installing an alarm system in your home.

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To attempt to hold (a lead) by playing careful defense and avoiding risky plays.
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To shield from injury, danger, or loss; guard; defend.
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To set aside funds toward the payment of (a note, draft, etc.) at maturity.
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To assure payment of (drafts or notes, for example) by setting aside funds.
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To help (domestic industry) with tariffs or quotas on imported goods.
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To guard (domestic industry) as by tariffs on imported products.
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To keep safe; to preserve something that already exists, as in protecting trade and protecting consumers.
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To keep safe; to defend; to guard; to prevent harm coming to.
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Origin of protect

  • 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

  • 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