Definition of protect verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    protect

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    verb
    BrE BrE//prəˈtekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈtekt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they protect
    BrE BrE//prəˈtekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈtekt//
     
    he / she / it protects
    BrE BrE//prəˈtekts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈtekts//
     
    past simple protected
    BrE BrE//prəˈtektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈtektɪd//
     
    past participle protected
    BrE BrE//prəˈtektɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈtektɪd//
     
    -ing form protecting
    BrE BrE//prəˈtektɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈtektɪŋ//
     
    Waste and pollution, Conservation
     
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] to make sure that somebody/something is not harmed, injured, damaged, etc. protect somebody/something/yourself (against/from something) Troops have been sent to protect aid workers against attack. They huddled together to protect themselves from the wind. Our aim is to protect the jobs of our members. Each company is fighting to protect its own commercial interests. protect (against/from something) a paint that helps protect against rust See related entries: Waste and pollution
  2. 2  [transitive, usually passive] protect something to introduce laws that make it illegal to kill, harm or damage a particular animal, area of land, building, etc. a protected area/species The plant is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. See related entries: Waste and pollution, Conservation
  3. 3[transitive, usually passive] protect something to help an industry in your own country by taxing goods from other countries so that there is less competition protected markets
  4. 4[transitive, intransitive] protect (somebody/something) (against something) to provide somebody/something with insurance against fire, injury, damage, etc. Many policies do not protect you against personal injury.
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin protect- ‘covered in front’, from the verb protegere, from pro- ‘in front’ + tegere ‘to cover’.Extra examples He felt it was his duty to protect the child. Keep the camera well protected at all times. Many of these sites—of immense scientific interest—are not legally protected. Protect the exposed areas of wood with varnish. Some pieces of music are protected by copyright. The Far Eastern markets are heavily protected. The equality of women is protected under law. The new measures are designed to protect the public from people like these. We must take steps to protect the UK as a manufacturing base. a constitutionally protected right of freedom of speech a cream that helps to protect your skin against the sun a federally protected game preserve a star who jealously protects her right to privacy The paint helps protect against rust.
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