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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of protegere, from tegere 'to cover'

protect

verb
     
Related topics: Economics
pro‧tect S2 W2
1 [intransitive and transitive] to keep someone or something safe from harm, damage, or illness [↪ protection, protective]:
Are we doing enough to protect the environment?
protect somebody/something from something
The cover protects the machine from dust.
protect somebody/something against something
Physical exercise can protect you against heart disease.
protect against
Waxing your car will help protect against rust.
2 [transitive usually passive] if an insurance company protects your home, car, life, etc, it agrees to pay you money if things are stolen or damaged or you are hurt or killed [= cover]:
Unemployment insurance means that you are partially protected if you lose your job.
3PE [transitive] to help the industry and trade of your own country by taxing or restricting foreign goods

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