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protect

verb uk   /prəˈtekt/ us  
B1 [I or T] to keep someone or something safe from injury, damage, or loss: clothing that protects you against the cold It's important to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Surely the function of the law is to protect everyone's rights. Of course the company will act to protect its financial interests in the country if war begins. Patients' names have been changed to protect their privacy. Public pressure to protect the environment is strong and growing. Vitamin C may help protect against cancer. [T] If a government protects a part of its country's trade or industry, it helps it by taxing goods from other countries. [T] to provide someone with insurance against injury, damages, etc.
protected
adjective uk   /-ˈtek.tɪd/ us  
This dolphin is a protected species (= it is illegal to harm or kill them).
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