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Meaning of protect by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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” ) ) .


    • IPA: /pɹəˈtɛkt/, X-SAMPA: /pr`@"tEkt/
    • Rhymes: -ɛkt


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Explanation of protect by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage

    2. Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain
    3. use tariffs to favor domestic industry

    Definition of protect by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.