protect [pruh-tekt] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object)

  1. to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult, etc.; cover or shield from injury or danger.
  2. Economics. to guard (the industry or an industry of a nation) from foreign competition by imposing import duties.
  3. to provide funds for the payment of (a draft, note, etc.).

verb (used without object)

  1. 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.

    The Happy Golfer

    Henry Leach

  • They pitched the teepees, looking like a trio of white conical bowlders, in a well-protected bottom.

    Red Hunters And the Animal People

    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.

    The Indians of the Painted Desert Region

    George Wharton James

  • The eastern coast of the island is indented by a bay, which forms a well-protected harbour.

    The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II

    A.E. Nordenskieold

  • Of course, in well-protected localities, these distinctions are not so marked, but even there are discernible to a trained eye.

    Indian Scout Talks

    Charles A. Eastman

  • British Dictionary definitions for well-protected well-protected adjective (well protected when postpositive)

    1. having suitable defence against attack, harm, etc

    protect verb (tr)

    1. to defend from trouble, harm, attack, etc
    2. economics to assist (domestic industries) by the imposition of protective tariffs on imports
    3. 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.

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