Definition of protection noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prəˈtekʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈtekʃn//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] protection (for/of somebody/something) (against/from something) the act of protecting somebody/something; the state of being protected Wear clothes that provide adequate protection against the wind and rain. He asked to be put under police protection. the conservation and protection of the environment data protection laws
  2. 2  [countable] protection (against something) a thing that protects somebody/something against something They wore the charm as a protection against evil spirits.
  3. 3[uncountable] protection (against something) insurance against fire, injury, damage, etc. Our policy offers complete protection against fire and theft.
  4. 4[uncountable] the system of helping an industry in your own country by taxing foreign goods The government is ready to introduce protection for the car industry.
  5. 5[uncountable] the system of paying criminals so that they will not attack your business or property to pay protection money to run a protection racket
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from late Latin protectio(n-), from protegere ‘cover in front’, from pro- ‘in front’ + tegere ‘to cover’.Extra examples A helmet affords the cyclist some degree of protection against injury. Animal protection supporters gathered to protest against hunting. Fill the cooling system with antifreeze as a protection against frost. Fire protection equipment must be available on all floors. Governments must provide protection for their workers. Many British wild animals are now under the protection of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. She carries a gun in her bag for personal protection. She was put into a psychiatric hospital for her own protection. The couple were found guilty of violation of child protection laws. The high walls give the garden protection from the wind. The site is under the protection of UNESCO. The skunk releases a pungent smell as a means of protection. The wall gives the plants protection from the wind. Witnesses at the trial were given police protection. a witness-protection program sun protection products He asked to be put under police protection. Remember to bring clothes that provide adequate protection against the wind and rain. She acknowledged that much work needs to be done to improve data protection laws. The conservation and protection of the environment is essential to our survival.
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