Definition of “protection” - English Dictionary

“protection” in British English

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protectionnoun [ U ]

uk /prəˈtek.ʃən/ us /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.

informal for protection money

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?

More examples

  • The hut afforded little protection from the elements.
  • Zoos fulfil an important function in the protection of rare species.
  • The protection of the environment must be our first priority today.
  • It's a wilderness area, under the protection of the Parks Department.
  • The key witness for the prosecution was offered police protection after she received death threats.

(Definition of “protection” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“protection” in American English

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protectionnoun [ C/U ]

us /prəˈtek·ʃən/

the condition or state of being kept safe from injury, damage, or loss:

[ U ] Their tent offered little protection against the storm.
[ C ] The proposed law is intended to provide legal protections for farm workers.
[ U ] These laws may not provide enough protection for some endangered species.

(Definition of “protection” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“protection” in Business English

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protectionnoun [ U ]

uk /prəˈtekʃən/ us

the act of keeping someone or something safe from injury, damage, or loss, or the state of being protected in this way:

We need protection from bad or incompetent doctors.
Retailers believe the magnetic cards give the banks less protection against fraud.
The package of employments rights included full legal protection from dismissal for strikers.
copyright protection

LAW a situation in which a company in financial difficulty gets special legal treatment to help it stay in business:

Chapter 11 would grant protection from creditors while the company attempts to reorganize.

ECONOMICS a situation in which a government helps a part of its country's industry by taxing goods from other countries or by limiting the amount of goods that can be imported:

Import protection has formed a key part of industrial development policies in many Asian economies.

INSURANCE insurance against injury, damage, or loss:

The insurance policy provides protection in case of accidental loss of life or serious injury.
an income protection policy

(Definition of “protection” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)