protect [pruh-tekt] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object)
- to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult, etc.; cover or shield from injury or danger.
- Economics. to guard (the industry or an industry of a nation) from foreign competition by imposing import duties.
- to provide funds for the payment of (a draft, note, etc.).
verb (used without object)
- to provide, or be capable of providing, protection: a floor wax that protects as well as shines.
Origin of protect 1520–30; Latin prōtēctus, past participle of prōtegere to cover in front, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + teg-, stem of tegere to cover (akin to toga, thatch) + -tus past participle suffixRelated formspro·tect·i·ble, pro·tect·a·ble, adjectivepro·tect·i·bil·i·ty, pro·tect·a·bil·i·ty, nouno·ver·pro·tect, verb (used with object)qua·si-pro·tect·ed, adjectivesem·i·pro·tect·ed, adjectiveun·pro·tect·a·ble, adjectiveun·pro·tect·ed, adjectivewell-pro·tect·ed, adjectiveSynonyms for protect 1. screen, shelter. Synonym study 1. See defend.Antonyms for protect 1. attack. Examples from the Web for well-protected Historical Examples of well-protected
Afterwards there is plain country to a well-protected green.
They pitched the teepees, looking like a trio of white conical bowlders, in a well-protected bottom.
Charles A. Eastman
Big Knee was compelled to sleep alone in a well-protected hut, and the women grew more determined than ever to work him an injury.
George Wharton James
The eastern coast of the island is indented by a bay, which forms a well-protected harbour.
Of course, in well-protected localities, these distinctions are not so marked, but even there are discernible to a trained eye.
Charles A. Eastman
British Dictionary definitions for well-protected well-protected adjective (well protected when postpositive)
- having suitable defence against attack, harm, etc
protect verb (tr)
- to defend from trouble, harm, attack, etc
- economics to assist (domestic industries) by the imposition of protective tariffs on imports
- commerce to provide funds in advance to guarantee payment of (a note, draft, etc)
Word Origin for protect C16: from Latin prōtegere to cover before, from pro- 1 + tegere to cover Word Origin and History for well-protected protect v.
mid-15c., from Latin protectus, past participle of protegere “to protect, cover in front” (see protection). International economics sense from 1789. Related: Protected; protecting.