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protectverb [T]

us   /prəˈtekt/
to keep someone or something safe from injury, damage, or loss: He says he was protecting his home and family. A citizensgroup worked to protect forest areas.
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protectverb

uk   /prəˈtekt/ us   /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.
[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.

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adjective uk   /prəˈtek.tɪd/ us   /prəˈtek.tɪd/
This dolphin is a protected species (= it is illegal to harm or kill them).
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protectverb

uk   /prəˈtekt/ us  
[I or T] to keep someone or something safe from injury, damage, or loss: protect sb/sth from sth They produce a self-adhesive plastic cover designed to protect CDs from scratches.protect sb/sth against sth The company has been ordered to take corrective action to protect consumers against high-pressure sales tactics.protect against sth The investment does not insure profits or protect against losses in a declining market.protect sb's interests/investments/rights The agreement obliges WTO Members to protect the rights, including copyrights and trademarks, of citizens of all other Members. This material is protected by copyright.
[T] ECONOMICS if a government protects part of its country's trade or industry, it helps it by taxing goods from other countries or limiting the amount of goods that can be imported: Import barriers protected the fledgling enterprises. a protected industry/market
[I or T] INSURANCE to provide someone with insurance against injury, damage, or loss: Workers should take out insurance, whether to cover themselves against a particular illness or to protect their income.protect against sth Life annuities protect against the risk of people outliving their savings.
(Definition of protect from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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