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pro·tect

 (prə-tĕkt′)
tr.v. pro·tect·ed, pro·tect·ing, pro·tects
1.
a. To keep from being damaged, attacked, stolen, or injured; guard. See Synonyms at defend.
b. To keep from being subjected to difficulty or unpleasantness: a mother who wanted to protect her children from the troubles she had seen when growing up.
c. To keep from being curtailed or exposed to risk: The reporter vowed to protect the privacy of his sources.
2. To help (domestic industry) with tariffs or quotas on imported goods.
3. To assure payment of (drafts or notes, for example) by setting aside funds.
4. Sports To attempt to hold (a lead) by playing careful defense and avoiding risky plays.
5. Baseball
a. To swing at a pitch near (home plate) in order to avoid being called out on strikes.
b. To swing at a pitch so as to give (a base runner) a better chance of advancing.

[Middle English protecten, from Latin prōtegere, prōtēct- : prō-, in front; see pro-1 + tegere, to cover; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.]

pro·tect′ing·ly adv.

protect

(prəˈtɛkt)
vb (tr)
1. to defend from trouble, harm, attack, etc
2. (Economics) economics to assist (domestic industries) by the imposition of protective tariffs on imports
3. (Commerce) commerce to provide funds in advance to guarantee payment of (a note, draft, etc)
[C16: from Latin prōtegere to cover before, from pro-1 + tegere to cover]

pro•tect

(prəˈtɛkt)

v.t.
1. to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, insult, etc.; cover; shield.
2. to guard (an industry) from foreign competition by imposing import duties.
v.i.
3. to provide, or be capable of providing, protection.
[1520–30; < Latin prōtēctus, past participle of prōtegere to shield, cover, protect]

prevent

protect
1. 'prevent'

If someone or something prevents you from doing something, they do not allow you to do it.

My only idea was to prevent him from speaking.
Cotton mittens will prevent the baby from scratching his own face.
2. 'protect'

You do not use 'prevent' to say that something keeps you safe from something unpleasant or harmful. The word you use is protect.

Babies are protected against diseases like measles by their mother's milk.
She had his umbrella to protect her from the rain.

protect


Past participle: protected
Gerund: protecting

Imperative
protect
protect
Present
I protect
you protect
he/she/it protects
we protect
you protect
they protect
Preterite
I protected
you protected
he/she/it protected
we protected
you protected
they protected
Present Continuous
I am protecting
you are protecting
he/she/it is protecting
we are protecting
you are protecting
they are protecting
Present Perfect
I have protected
you have protected
he/she/it has protected
we have protected
you have protected
they have protected
Past Continuous
I was protecting
you were protecting
he/she/it was protecting
we were protecting
you were protecting
they were protecting
Past Perfect
I had protected
you had protected
he/she/it had protected
we had protected
you had protected
they had protected
Future
I will protect
you will protect
he/she/it will protect
we will protect
you will protect
they will protect
Future Perfect
I will have protected
you will have protected
he/she/it will have protected
we will have protected
you will have protected
they will have protected
Future Continuous
I will be protecting
you will be protecting
he/she/it will be protecting
we will be protecting
you will be protecting
they will be protecting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been protecting
you have been protecting
he/she/it has been protecting
we have been protecting
you have been protecting
they have been protecting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been protecting
you will have been protecting
he/she/it will have been protecting
we will have been protecting
you will have been protecting
they will have been protecting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been protecting
you had been protecting
he/she/it had been protecting
we had been protecting
you had been protecting
they had been protecting
Conditional
I would protect
you would protect
he/she/it would protect
we would protect
you would protect
they would protect
Past Conditional
I would have protected
you would have protected
he/she/it would have protected
we would have protected
you would have protected
they would have protected
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.protect - shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage; "Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"
cover for - provide an excuse or alibi for someone so as to cover up guilt; "I won't lie and cover for you"
defend - be on the defensive; act against an attack
immunise, immunize - law: grant immunity from prosecution
overprotect - protect excessively; "Don't overprotect your son--he is an adult now!"
look out - to protect someone's interests; "A man's gotta look out for his family"
cover - hold within range of an aimed firearm
ward, guard - watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect; "guard my possessions while I'm away"
defend, guard, hold - protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
shield, screen - protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm
charm - protect through supernatural powers or charms
palisade, wall, fence in, fence, surround - surround with a wall in order to fortify
safeguard - make safe
cover - protect or defend (a position in a game); "he covered left field"
cover - be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game
mothproof - protect from moths; "mothproof woollen clothes during the summer"
body guard - accompany and protect from physical harm
insure - take out insurance for
cover - to take an action to protect against future problems; "Count the cash in the drawer twice just to cover yourself"
preserve, keep - maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger; "May God keep you"
2.protect - use tariffs to favor domestic industry
trade - the commercial exchange (buying and selling on domestic or international markets) of goods and services; "Venice was an important center of trade with the East"; "they are accused of conspiring to constrain trade"
assist - act as an assistant in a subordinate or supportive function

protect

verb keep someone safe, defend, keep, support, save, guard, secure, preserve, look after, foster, shelter, shield, care for, harbour, safeguard, watch over, stick up for (informal), cover up for, chaperon, give someone sanctuary, take someone under your wing, mount or stand guard over He vowed to protect her all the days of her life.
attack, threaten, assault, expose, betray, endanger, assail, expose to danger

protect

verb
To keep safe from danger, attack, or harm:
Archaic: fend.
Translations
يَحْمِييَحْمي، يُحافِظ على
chránit
beskytte
پاسبانی کردن
suojellasuojata
štititi
védeni
hlífavernda, verja
保護する
보호하다
apgintķsapgynimassaugomas
aizsargātpasargāt
zaščititi
skydda
kukinga
ป้องกัน
bảo vệ

protect

[prəˈtekt] VTproteger (against, from contra de) protected speciesespecie f protegida

protect

[prəˈtɛkt] vt
[+ person, thing] → protéger
to protect sb/sth from sth, to protect sb/sth against sth → protéger qn/qch de qch
to protect sb from sb → protéger qn de qn
to protect o.s. from sth, to protect o.s. against sth [+ disease, harm, cold] → se protéger de qch
[+ rights, interests] → protéger

protect

vtschützen (→ against gegen, from vor +dat); (person, animal) sb, youngbeschützen (→ against gegen, from vor +dat); one’s interests, rightsschützen, wahren; (Comput) cell etcschützen; don’t try to protect the culpritversuchen Sie nicht, den Schuldigen zu decken
vischützen (→ against vor +dat)

protect

[prəˈtɛkt] vt (gen) → proteggere, salvaguardare; (from cold, heat) → riparare; (interests, rights) → salvaguardare

protect

(prəˈtekt) verb
to guard or defend from danger; to keep safe. She protected the children from every danger; Which type of helmet protects the head best?; He wore a fur jacket to protect himself against the cold.
proˈtected adjective
(of certain animals or birds) protected by law from being shot etc.
proˈtection (-ʃən) noun
1. the act of protecting or state of being protected. He ran to his mother for protection; This type of lock gives extra protection against burglary.
2. something that protects. The trees were a good protection against the wind.
proˈtective (-tiv) adjective
giving, or intended to give, protection. protective clothing/glasses.
proˈtector noun

protect

يَحْمِي chránit beskytte beschützen προστατεύω proteger suojella protéger štititi proteggere 保護する 보호하다 beschermen beskytte ochronić proteger защищать skydda ป้องกัน korumak bảo vệ 保护

protect

v. proteger, cuidar.

protect

vt proteger; to — against proteger contra; to — from proteger de; to —oneself protegerse
References in classic literature ?
It is your respectability and humanity that licenses and protects his brutality.
Ahead of the carriage, Captain Wragge saw a long dark line against the sky -the line of the sea-wall which protects the low coast of Essex from inundation.
But other doubt possesses me, least harm Befall thee sever'd from me; for thou knowst What hath bin warn'd us, what malicious Foe Envying our happiness, and of his own Despairing, seeks to work us woe and shame By sly assault; and somwhere nigh at hand Watches, no doubt, with greedy hope to find His wish and best advantage, us asunder, Hopeless to circumvent us joynd, where each To other speedie aide might lend at need; Whether his first design be to withdraw Our fealtie from God, or to disturb Conjugal Love, then which perhaps no bliss Enjoy'd by us excites his envie more; Or this, or worse, leave not the faithful side That gave thee being, stil shades thee and protects.
This is no new thing for the Queen; she took me away from my parents' house and compelled me to serve her; but she has never done me any harm, for the green cloak I wear protects me against all mischief.
My assistant and I are of no country, we belong to all Barsoom and this talisman which we wear protects us in all lands, even among the green men--though we do not trust ourselves to their hands if we can avoid it," he added.
Inasmuch," resumed the judge, "as the English law protects equally and sternly the religions of the Indian people, and as the man Passepartout has admitted that he violated the sacred pagoda of Malabar Hill, at Bombay, on the 20th of October, I condemn the said Passepartout to imprisonment for fifteen days and a fine of three hundred pounds.
Sail night and day, and keep your ship well away from the islands; the god who watches over you and protects you will send you a fair wind.
A reverential feeling protects these sacred spots from robbery or insult.
Of course her great fortune protects her in a certain measure.
Here, the law protects all citizens; and no one is allowed to do justice for himself.
The excess of fear with which the animal frame is hedged round, shrinking from cold, starting at sight of a snake, or at a sudden noise, protects us, through a multitude of groundless alarms, from some one real danger at last.
I shall go alone; these good folks imagine that the goddess of the moon has come to see them, and their superstition protects me; so have no fear, and each one remain at the post that I have assigned to him.