protect

Whether it’s your reputation or your jewelry, when you protect something you keep it safe from anything that might threaten or harm it.

The word protect came into English by way of the Latin verb protegere, a combination of pro- meaning “in front,” and tegere, meaning “to cover.” When you protect something, in a way you’re covering it or shielding it from harm. Often the word is used in the sense of protecting something, like a valued item or a person, but you can also protect against something. For example, you might get a flu shot to protect against the flu virus.

Definitions of protect
  1. verb
    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
    “Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain”
    synonyms: secure
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    cover for
    provide an excuse or alibi for someone so as to cover up guilt
    immunise, immunize
    law: grant immunity from prosecution
    overprotect
    protect excessively
    look out
    to protect someone's interests
    cover
    hold within range of an aimed firearm
    guard, ward
    watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect
    defend, guard, hold
    protect against a challenge or attack
    screen, shield
    protect, hide, or conceal from danger or harm
    charm
    protect through supernatural powers or charms
    fence, fence in, palisade, surround, wall
    surround with a wall in order to fortify
    safeguard
    make safe
    cover
    protect or defend (a position in a game)
    cover
    be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game
    mothproof
    protect from moths
    body guard
    accompany and protect from physical harm
    insure
    take out insurance for
    cover
    to take an action to protect against future problems
    keep, preserve
    maintain in safety from injury, harm, or danger
    reinsure
    insure again by transferring to another insurance company all or a part of a liability assumed
    stockade
    surround with a stockade in order to fortify
    circumvallate
    surround with or as if with a rampart or other fortification
    double-team
    cover with two defensive players
    reinsure
    provide additional insurance for
    coinsure
    take out coinsurance
    shepherd
    watch over like a shepherd, as a teacher of her pupils
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    defend
    be on the defensive; act against an attack
  2. verb
    use tariffs to favor domestic industry
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    assist
    act as an assistant in a subordinate or supportive function
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