Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

protect

 - definition
 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb [transitive] British English pronunciation: protect /prəˈtekt/ 
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyprotect
he/she/itprotects
present participleprotecting
past tenseprotected
past participleprotected
  1. 1
    to keep someone or something safe from harm, injury, damage, or loss

    Databases are generally protected by copyright.

    Are you prepared to protect yourself in case of attack?

    protect someone/something from something:

    The hat only partially protected his face from the sun.

    protect someone/something against something:

    This warm jacket will help to protect you against the cold.

  2. 2
    if an insurance policy protects you, it will pay money to you or your relatives if particular bad things happen
    protect against:

    Many of the homes weren't protected against flood damage.

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

bottom line

the amount of money that a business makes or loses

Open Dictionary

subtweet

to post a tweet, usually a negative one, that mentions a person without using the @ sign, so that they will not see the message on their Twitter feed …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog