Meaning of PROTECTION in English
pro ‧ tec ‧ tion S2 W2 /prəˈtekʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun
[ Word Family: noun : ↑ protection , ↑ protector , ↑ protectionism , ↑ protectionist , ↑ protectiveness , ↑ protectorate ; adjective : ↑ protected ≠ ↑ unprotected , ↑ protective , ↑ protectionist ; verb : ↑ protect ; adverb : ↑ protectively ]
1 . [uncountable] when someone or something is protected
the protection of the environment
evidence that vitamin C gives protection against cancer
This law provides protection for threatened animals and plants.
The police were issued with body armour for extra protection.
2 . [uncountable and countable] something that protects
as (a) protection (against something)
Magee pulled up his collar as protection against the breeze.
3 . [uncountable] the promise of payment from an insurance company if something bad happens SYN coverage
4 . [uncountable] ↑ contraception :
Do you have any protection?
5 . [uncountable] when criminals threaten to damage your property or hurt you unless you pay them money:
a protection racket (=the illegal activity of demanding money for protection)
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▪ give/provide protection ( also offer/afford protection formal )
One dose of the vaccine provides protection against TB during childhood.
They say they are afforded no protection whatsoever by the security forces.
▪ need protection ( also require protection formal )
He seemed to think that she needed protection.
▪ seek protection
They were forced to seek the protection of the army.
▪ a degree/measure of protection (=some protection)
The shelter gave us a measure of protection against the bitter cold.
■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + protection
▪ good protection
This lightweight jacket gives good protection from the rain and wind.
▪ adequate protection
Some car seats for children did not provide adequate protection.
▪ complete protection
No security system can ever give complete protection against a determined thief.
▪ greater/better protection
The law should give greater protection to victims.
▪ data protection
security issues such as data protection
▪ environmental protection
A draft agreement on environmental protection for Antarctica was discussed.
▪ consumer protection
The consumer protection regulations will include new online shopping rules.
▪ child protection
Officers from the child protection team were called in after the girl turned to a neighbour for help.
▪ police protection (=protection by the police)
He eventually managed to leave under heavy police protection.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012