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To protect or defend someone or something - thesaurus

Synonyms

protect

verb

to keep someone or something safe from harm, injury, damage, or loss

defend

verb

to protect someone or something from attack

save

verb

to make it possible for someone or something to avoid danger, harm, injury etc

stand up for

to defend someone or something that is being criticized or attacked

guard

verb

to protect someone or something from something dangerous or unpleasant

shield

verb

to protect something, usually from being hit, touched, or seen

watch over

to guard, protect, or be in charge of someone or something

safeguard

verb

to protect something or someone from being harmed or having problems

shelter

verb

to protect someone from difficult or unpleasant experiences

keep (a) watch

to watch someone carefully to make sure that they are safe or that they do not do something bad

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More synonyms

baby

verb

to treat someone like a young child when they are old enough to do things for themselves

be/stay on guard

to be officially put somewhere to guard someone or something

buffer

verb

to help protect something from harm or damage

champion

verb

to publicly support or defend a set of beliefs, political aims, or a group of people

cocoon

verb

to keep someone safe by preventing them from learning to deal with problems

cover

verb

to protect someone from attack by pointing a gun at someone who might shoot them

cover for

to protect someone from punishment, for example by telling a lie for them

cushion

verb

if a soft object or substance cushions someone or something, it protects them from the effects of a fall or a hit

cushion

verb

to protect a person or thing from the harmful effects of something

cushion the blow

to reduce the effect of a fall or hit

defend

verb

to prevent something from failing, stopping, or being taken away

defend

verb

to say things to support someone or something that is being criticized

escort

verb

to go somewhere with a person, vehicle, ship etc in order to protect them or to prevent them from escaping

extricate

verb

formal to get someone or something out of a place, when this is difficult or dangerous

fortify

verb

to protect a place against attack by building strong walls, towers, or other structures around it

gather someone into your arms

to put your arms around someone, especially to protect them

guard

verb

to watch a place carefully to protect someone from attack, to prevent something from being stolen, or to prevent someone from escaping

guard

verb

to try very hard to keep something that is important to you

harbor

the American spelling of harbour

harbour

verb

to protect someone who has done something wrong

hold out

to continue to defend a place that is being attacked

insulate

verb

to protect someone from unpleasant knowledge or harmful experiences

keep an eye on

to look after someone or something

leap to someone’s defence

to quickly say or do something in order to help someone who is being criticized

look after

to take care of something that belongs to someone else and make certain it is not damaged or stolen

mind

verb

British to look after someone or something for a short time

mollycoddle

verb

to make someone’s life too easy by protecting them too much and doing too much for them

proof

verb

to protect something from being affected or damaged by something else

retrieve

verb

to save or protect something that is going to be lost, damaged, or destroyed

sandbag

verb

to protect a place with sandbags

save

verb

to make it possible for someone to avoid doing something

save someone from themselves

to stop someone from behaving in a way that will harm them

save someone’s life

to stop someone from dying

save someone’s skin/neck/bacon

to help someone or yourself to avoid a difficult or unpleasant situation, especially in a way that is not very brave

screen out

to prevent something that is dangerous or unsuitable from coming in

secure

verb

formal to make an area or building safe

sheathe

verb

to cover and protect something

shelter

verb

to protect someone or something from bad weather

shelter

verb

to protect someone from danger, for example by giving them a secret place to stay

shield

verb

to protect someone from something unpleasant

spare

verb

to prevent someone from experiencing an unpleasant, painful, or embarrassing situation or feeling

stand/keep guard

to watch a person or place carefully in order to protect them from attack, or to prevent someone from escaping

take someone’s part

to defend someone who is being criticized, or to support them in an argument

take up the cudgels

to take action to support or defend a person, idea, political movement etc

tighten

verb

to make an arrangement for guarding or protecting something more effectively

watch

verb

to take care of a child, an animal, or someone’s property for a short time and make sure that nothing harms it

wet-nurse

verb

to treat an adult like a child, especially by protecting or helping them too much

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