What does protect mean?

Definitions for protect
prəˈtɛktpro·tect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. protectverb

    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage

    "Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"

  2. protectverb

    use tariffs to favor domestic industry

Wiktionary

  1. protectverb

    To keep safe; to defend; to guard; to prevent harm coming to.

  2. 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

  1. To PROTECTverb

    To defend; to cover from evil; to shield.

    Etymology: protectus, Lat. proteger, Fr.

    The king
    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Protectverb

    to cover or shield from danger or injury; to defend; to guard; to preserve in safety; as, a father protects his children

Freebase

  1. Protect

    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

  1. Protect

    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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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'protect' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2042

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'protect' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2389

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'protect' in Verbs Frequency: #254

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of protect in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of protect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of protect in a Sentence

  1. Marlo Anderson:

    A lot of dogs instinctively know when there's a crisis going on and so a lot of them do go to try to protect their owners, so she very well may have been trying to protect him.

  2. Vaselech Lyons:

    It's not about the outcome, you don't get to save every patient, but it's about what you do with the outcome, frank Gabrin lost Frank Gabrin life needlessly because if Frank Gabrin'd had the equipment -- Frank Gabrin's Frank Gabrin, Frank Gabrin knew how to protect Frank Gabrin.

  3. Professor Karsten Koenig:

    So far we've got interesting results from three astronauts. It seems that there is a strong production of collagen; so suddenly these astronauts have more collagen. It means there is some sort of anti-ageing effect, at least in the dermis - the lower part of the skin. And we found that the epidermis, in particular the part of the living cells, that this epidermis is shrinking, so the skin gets thinner, so far we have no explanation yet, and we are waiting for the other astronauts to figure out what's going on and maybe to try to figure out how we can protect, how we can help so that this epidermis is not shrinking.

  4. Ben Carson:

    We really have to protect the Constitution, the Fourth Amendment, and there are aspects of the Patriot Act, such as the massive meta-data collection, which I think probably are not necessary.

  5. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott:

    Arming the National Guard at these bases will not only serve as a deterrent to anyone wishing to do harm to our service men and women, but will enable them to protect those living and working on the base.

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