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

protection of

the protection of the environment

protection against/from

evidence that vitamin C gives protection against cancer

protection for

This law provides protection for threatened animals and plants.

for protection

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:

protection money

a protection racket (=the illegal activity of demanding money for protection)

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■ verbs

▪ 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.

■ phrases

▪ 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.

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