protect
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 protected 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 <
protects against tooth decay
>
Synonyms: see defendprotectable adjectiveprotective adjectiveprotectively adverbprotectiveness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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