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tr.v. pro·tect·ed, pro·tect·ing, pro·tects
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.
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(of animals, plants, areas of land, etc) forbidden by law to be harmed, destroyed, or damaged
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  • generic word - One referring to a commercial product, formerly a brand name that is no longer protected by trademark.
  • patent leather - Got its name from the U.S. Patent Office, as the leather's finish was once protected by patent.
  • shelter - May come from Middle English sheltron, a body of troops that protected itself in battle with a covering of joined shields.
  • patron - Derives from Latin patronus, which means "protector of clients" or "defender."
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.protected - kept safe or defended from danger or injury or loss; "the most protected spot I could find"
secure - free from danger or risk; "secure from harm"; "his fortune was secure"; "made a secure place for himself in his field"
invulnerable - immune to attack; impregnable; "gunners raked the beach from invulnerable positions on the cliffs"
unprotected - lacking protection or defense
2.protected - guarded from injury or destruction
preserved - kept intact or in a particular condition
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[prəˈtɛktɪd] adj [animals, plants, areas] → protégé(e)protected species nespèce f protégée
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(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
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Possessed myself of a strong stomach and a hard head, inured to hardship, cruelty, and brutality, nevertheless I found, as I came to manhood, that I unconsciously protected myself from the hurt of the trained-animal turn by getting up and leaving the theatre whenever such turns came on the stage.
They were bareheaded; their eyes were protected by iron goggles which projected an inch or more, the leather straps of which bound their ears flat against their heads were wound around and around with thick wrappings which a sword could not cut through; from chin to ankle they were padded thoroughly against injury; their arms were bandaged and rebandaged, layer upon layer, until they looked like solid black logs.
It was too lovely of you!' 'Yes, and Soldier stood by me, which you know he would, and protected me from the wolves; and if he got a chance he kicked the life out of some of them - for you know he would, BB.' The sergeant said, 'He laid out three of them, sir, and here's the bones to show for it.' 'He's a grand horse,' said BB; 'he's the grandest horse that ever was!
It was the highest protected ground, and so naturally became the most important of their camps.
Why were we ever told to bring navy revolvers with us if we had to be protected at last by this infamous star-spangled scum of the desert?
My daughter Ginevra and my wife, having taken the sacrament that morning, escaped; the Virgin protected them.
In other days I protected you," he added, in a reproachful tone.
He hated her and at the same time he had protected her as had been evidenced again when he had kept the great apes from tearing her to pieces after she had escaped from the Wamabo village to which Usanga, the black sergeant, had brought her a captive; but why was he saving her?
All these people had to be protected. Protection is the first necessity of opulence and luxury.
[USA], Apr 4 (ANI): Human well-being across the developing world can be improved if they live near a protected area, says news research.
The following is a list of the 30 natural reserves that Egypt owns: 1.Ras Mohamed Protected Area and Tyran as well as Sanafir in South Sinai Governorate.

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