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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.protecting - shielding (or designed to shield) against harm or discomfort; "the protecting blanket of snow"; "a protecting alibi"
protective - intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind; "a protective covering"; "the use of protective masks and equipment"; "protective coatings"; "kept the drunken sailor in protective custody"; "animals with protective coloring"; "protective tariffs"
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Pierre answered that he "was protecting a woman," and that "to protect a woman who was being insulted was the duty of every man; that.
I was merely protecting myself from the pain of witnessing what it would hurt me to witness.
In the windows at the vacant end of the room stood six or eight, narrow-bladed swords with large protecting guards for the hand, and outside was a man at work sharpening others on a grindstone.
They all seemed to tell; the swords always bent over the opponents' heads, from the forehead back over the crown, and seemed to touch, all the way; but it was not so--a protecting blade, invisible to me, was always interposed between.
Instead she was a lioness, watching over and protecting her sick mate.
My heart, believe me, is able to appraise at its true worth all that you have done for me by protecting me from my enemies, and from hatred and persecution.
For what sinister purpose could this savage enemy be protecting her from the other denizens of his cruel jungle?
Before I leave you I will give you the means of protecting yourself against them should one of them chance to turn upon you.
Prenuptial agreements remain the most effective tool in protecting one's assets, and the Paul McCartney-Heather Mills divorce will accentuate that point.
Despite data breeches highlighted by the media, thousands of colleges have been successfully protecting personal information.
With the responsibility for protecting data at the central facility and remote sites it would be logical that AFCEE's search for a better backup option than traditional tape-based backup would conclude with a disk-to-disk configuration that would allow administrators at the main data center in Texas to also manage backup of the three remote facilities.
The loss of the giant oak prompted the agency to seek a better way of identifying and protecting big trees threatened by development--a way that would cause a blip on the environmental radar screen long before the 'dozers began to billow black smoke.

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