- IPA: /pɹəˈtɛkt/, X-SAMPA: /pr`@"tEkt/
- Rhymes: -ɛkt
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” ) ) .
Explanation of protect by Wordnet Dictionary
- Protect v. t. [imp. & p. p. Protected; p. pr. & vb. n. Protecting.] [L. protectus, p. p. of protegere, literally, to cover in front; pro before + tegere to cover. See Tegument.] To cover or shield from danger or injury; to defend; to guard; to preserve in safety; as, “a father protects his children”.
The gods of Greece protect you! Shak.
Syn. -- To guard; shield; preserve. See Defend.
Definition of protect by GCIDE Dictionary