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English definition of “protection”

protection

noun [U]     /prəˈtek.ʃən/
B2 the act of protecting or state of being protected: Their flimsy tent gave/offered little protection against the severe storm. Round-the-clock police protection is given to all senior politicians. New legislation still does not offer adequate protection for many endangered species. Always wear goggles as a protection for your eyes when using the machines. The insurance policy provides protection (= will make a financial payment) in case of accidental loss of life or serious injury.Protection and protectorsEnvironmental issues informal for protection moneyForms of money and methods of payment a condom (= thin rubber covering for the penis) used as a way of preventing pregnancy or the spread of disease: Did you use any protection?Contraception
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