Hypertext Webster Gateway: "protect"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Protect \Pro*tect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Protected}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Protecting}.] [L. protectus, p. p. of protegere,
literally, to cover in front; pro before + tegere to cover.
See {Tegument}.]
To cover or shield from danger or injury; to defend; to
guard; to preserve in safety; as, a father protects his

The gods of Greece protect you! --Shak.

Syn: To guard; shield; preserve. See {Defend}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage;
"Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"
2: use tariffs to favor domestic industry, in international

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