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pro·tect

protect

 
 
pronunciation:
pr tekt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: protected, protecting, protects
definition 1: to ensure the safety of; shield from danger or harm.
A mother bear may attack to protect her young.The levee was built to protect the city from flooding.Wax will protect the car's finish.
 
synonyms:
defend, guard, preserve, safeguard, secure, shield
antonyms:
expose, harm
similar words:
champion, conserve, convoy, cover, ensure, harbor, look after, save, shelter, shepherd, take care of, tend, watch
definition 2: in economics, to guard the secure growth of (an industry) by means of tariffs on competing goods from other countries.
The government took steps to protect the wine-making industry.
similar words:
tariff
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to provide or be capable of providing a shield against danger or harm.
synonyms:
defend, fend, guard, shield
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  • protective:
    giving protection.
  • protector:
    someone or something that protects.
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