protect - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleprotecting
past tenseprotected
past participleprotected
  1. 1
    to keep someone or something safe from harm, injury, damage, or loss

    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.

  3. 3
    economics to help industries in your country by putting taxes on goods from other countries