Definitions for protect
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word protect.
shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
"Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"
use tariffs to favor domestic industry
To keep safe; to defend; to guard; to prevent harm coming to.
Etymology: Attested in since 1530, from protectus, past participle of protegere from pro- + tegere. More at thatch. Displaced native helien, forhelian (from helian, forhelian, bischilden (from shelde), berwen (from beorgan), mundien (from mundian).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
To defend; to cover from evil; to shield.
Etymology: protectus, Lat. proteger, Fr.
Had virtuous uncles to protect his grace. William Shakespeare.
Leave not the faithful side,
That gave thee being, still shades thee and protects. John Milton.
Full in the midst of his own strength he stands,
Stretching his brawny arms and leafy hands,
His shade protects the plains. John Dryden, Virgil.
To protect means to keep safe from harm, damage, or injury; to prevent someone or something from being affected or harmed by something; or to shield from danger, harm, or destruction. It can refer to physical safety as well as emotional or financial harm.
to cover or shield from danger or injury; to defend; to guard; to preserve in safety; as, a father protects his children
Protect, or The National Association to Protect Children, is a political organization established in 2002 and dedicated to the protection of children from abuse, exploitation, and neglect. It is a nonprofit, 501 membership association with members in every U.S. state and 10 nations. Protect achieved great success in its first three years, winning legislative victories in eight state legislatures. It advocates a nonpartisan "pro-child, anti-crime" agenda, and works closely with both conservative and liberal constituencies and lawmakers.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prō-tekt′, v.t. to cover in front: to cover over: to shield from danger: to defend: to shelter.—adv. Protec′tingly.—ns. Protec′tion, act of protecting: state of being protected: preservation: defence: that which protects: guard: refuge: security: a writing guaranteeing against molestation or interference: passport: a fostering of home produce and manufactures by laying taxes on the importation of foreign goods; Protec′tionism, the doctrine of the protectionists; Protec′tionist, one who favours the protection of trade by law.—adj. favouring the economic doctrine of protection.—adj. Protec′tive, affording protection: defensive: sheltering.—n. that which protects.—adv. Protec′tively.—ns. Protec′tiveness; Protec′tor, one who protects from injury or oppression: a guardian: a regent:—fem. Protec′tress, Protec′trix.—adjs. Protec′toral, Protectō′rial, pertaining to a protector or a regent.—n. Protec′torāte, government by a protector: the authority assumed by a superior: relation assumed by a strong nation to a weak one, whereby the latter is protected from hostile or foreign interference.—adj. Protec′torless.—ns. Protec′torship; Protec′tory, an institution for destitute children. [L., pro, in front, tegĕre, tectum, to cover.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'protect' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2042
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'protect' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2389
Rank popularity for the word 'protect' in Verbs Frequency: #254
The numerical value of protect in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of protect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Throughout this process, we have moved quickly and decisively to protect the business, protect its employees and protect the unique and important voice Fox News has.
The apparatus that exists was to allow safety regulators to write and finalize common sense safety regulations that will protect people – protect their homes, protect their water, protect their children, protect their health – it’s totally broken, and the reason it’s totally broken is because the Congress and others – other administrations – will insert themselves into the process and take it over … from safety regulators and say, ‘I know better and I’m going to protect the industry from whatever you’re trying to force its hand on.’.
We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.
There are other places to look rather than taking tools from the warfighter. They are harder to find and get to but we can put more in the tooth and less in the tail. To the extent you can, protect the stuff that actually gets to the warfighter. Don’t protect the form, protect the function.
The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man's rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence. A proper government is only a policeman, acting as an agent of man's self-defense, and, as such, may only resort to force only against those who start the use of force.
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- protegirCatalan, Valencian
- پاییدن, پاسبانی کردنPersian
- suojella, suojataFinnish
- caomhnaigh, cosainIrish
- dìonScottish Gaelic
- रक्षा करनाHindi
- pwotejeHaitian Creole
- 守る, 保護Japanese
- parastin, پاراستنKurdish
- protego, protegendum, defendoLatin
- saugoti, apsaugotiLithuanian
- beveiligen, beschermenDutch
- dekke, verne, gardere, beskytte, sikreNorwegian
- bichʼą́ą́h naagháNavajo, Navaho
- защитить, защищать, оберегать, беречьRussian
- คุ้มครอง, ป้องกันThai
- bảo vệVietnamese
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