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English definition of “protect”

protect

verb     /prəˈtekt/
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 .Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving [T] If a government protects a part of its country's trade or industry , it helps it by taxing goods from other countries .Investing moneyTaxationEconomics and the state of the economy [T] to provide someone with insurance against injury , damages , etc.Insurance protected     /-ˈtek.tɪd/ adjective This dolphin is a protected species (= it is illegal to harm or kill them).Protection and protectorsEnvironmental issuesEnvironmental issuesRubbish and wasteProtection and protectors
(Definition of protect verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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