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verb [transitive] protect pronunciation in British English /prəˈtekt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleprotecting
past tenseprotected
past participleprotected
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  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.


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