Meaning of PROTECT in English

PROTECT

v.

Pronunciation: pr ə - ' tekt

Function: verb

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin protectus, past participle of protegere, from pro- in front + tegere to cover ― more at PRO- , THATCH

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1 a : to cover or shield from exposure, injury, damage, or destruction : GUARD b : DEFEND 1C < protect the goal>

2 : to maintain the status or integrity of especially through financial or legal guarantees: as a : to save from contingent financial loss b : to foster or shield from infringement or restriction <salesmen with protect ed territories> < protect one's rights> specifically : to restrict competition for (as domestic industries) by means of tariffs or trade controls

3 : DEFEND 5 < protect a lead>

intransitive verb : to provide a guard or shield < protect s against tooth decay>

synonyms see DEFEND

– pro · tect · able \ - ' tek-t ə -b ə l \ adjective

– pro · tec · tive \ - ' tek-tiv \ adjective

– pro · tec · tive · ly adverb

– pro · tec · tive · ness noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.