protect


protect
protectible, protectable, adj.protectibility, protectability, n.
/preuh tekt"/, v.t.
1. to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult, etc.; cover or shield from injury or danger.
2. Econ. to guard (the industry or an industry of a nation) from foreign competition by imposing import duties.
3. to provide funds for the payment of (a draft, note, etc.).
v.i.
4. to provide, or be capable of providing, protection: a floor wax that protects as well as shines.
[1520-30; < L protectus, ptp. of protegere to cover in front, equiv. to pro- PRO-1 + teg-, s. of tegere to cover (akin to TOGA, THATCH) + -tus ptp. suffix]
Syn. 1. screen, shelter. See defend.
Ant. 1. attack.

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