Protection refers to keeping something or someone safe. Through protection, we shelter and defend things.

Since protecting is to shelter from harm, protection is the act of doing so. Children are under the protection of their parents, who keep them safe. The Secret Service is responsible for the protection of the President. Many famous people hire bodyguards, who offer protection. A security guard offers protection to a bank or store. Also, a house gives you protection from the weather. Valuable things and vulnerable people need the most protection. Protection keeps things and people safe.

Definitions of protection
  1. noun
    the activity of protecting someone or something
    “the witnesses demanded police protection
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    air cover
    the use of military aircraft to provide protection against attack by enemy aircraft during ground or naval operations
    the act of shielding from harm
    preservation, saving
    the activity of protecting something from loss or danger
    momism, overprotection, overshielding
    excessive protection
    defence, defense
    the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury
    defence, defense
    protection from harm
    inoculating, vaccinating
    the act of protecting against disease by introducing a vaccine into the body to induce immunity
    the activity of going around or through an area at regular intervals for security purposes
    self-defence, self-defense, self-protection
    the act of defending yourself
    the act of protecting something by surrounding it with material that reduces or prevents the transmission of sound or heat or electricity
    locking, lockup
    the act of locking something up to protect it
    accompaniment, escort
    the act of accompanying someone or something in order to protect them
    the act of protecting something by covering it
    immunisation, immunization
    the act of making immune (especially by inoculation)
    care, charge, guardianship, tutelage
    attention and management implying responsibility for safety
    ruggedisation, ruggedization
    the act of making a piece of equipment rugged (strengthening to resist wear or abuse)
    sealing, waterproofing
    the act of treating something to make it repel water
    civil defense
    activities organized by civilians for their own protection in time of war or disaster
    the activity of protecting the environment from pollution or destruction
    fire watching
    (during World War II in Britain) watching for fires started by bombs that dropped from the sky
    the preservation and careful management of the environment and of natural resources
    preservation of yourself from harm; a natural or instinctive tendency
    the act of keeping back or setting aside for some future occasion
    inoculation, vaccination
    taking a vaccine as a precaution against contracting a disease
    ring vaccination
    administering vaccine only to people in close contact with an isolated infected patient; prevents the spread of a highly infectious disease by surrounding the patient with a ring of immunization
    variolation, variolization
    the obsolete process of inoculating a susceptible person with material taken from a vesicle of a person who has smallpox
    airborne patrol
    a patrol provided by aircraft
    round-the-clock patrol
    a continuous nonstop patrol
    martial art
    any of several Oriental arts of weaponless self-defense; usually practiced as a sport
    the act of attaching an inside lining (to a garment or curtain etc.)
    the act of escorting while in transit
    dressing, grooming
    the activity of getting dressed; putting on clothes
    sensitisation, sensitising, sensitization, sensitizing
    rendering an organism sensitive to a serum by a series of injections
    due care, ordinary care, reasonable care
    the care that a reasonable man would exercise under the circumstances; the standard for determining legal duty
    foster care
    supervised care for delinquent or neglected children usually in an institution or substitute home
    great care
    more attention and consideration than is normally bestowed by prudent persons
    the guardianship and control exercised by a deity
    slight care
    such care as a careless or inattentive person would exercise
    immobilisation, immobilization
    fixation (as by a plaster cast) of a body part in order to promote proper healing
    type of:
    any specific behavior
  2. noun
    the condition of being protected
    “they were huddled together for protection
    “he enjoyed a sense of peace and protection in his new home”
    synonyms: shelter
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    indemnity, insurance
    protection against future loss
    protection against harmful effects of radiation
    type of:
    the state of being free from danger or injury
  3. noun
    a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury
    “they had no protection from the fallout”
    “wax provided protection for the floors”
    synonyms: protective cover, protective covering
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    armor, armour
    protective covering made of metal and used in combat
    bell glass, bell jar
    a bell-shaped glass cover used to protect and display delicate objects or to cover scientific apparatus or to contain gases
    binder, ring-binder
    holds loose papers or magazines
    back, binding, book binding, cover
    the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book
    blind, screen
    a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight
    armguard, bracer
    a protective covering for the wrist or arm that is used in archery and fencing and other sports
    something serving as a cover or protection
    a low transparent cover put over young plants to protect them from cold
    a covering (plate or mat) that protects the surface of a table (i.e., from the condensation on a cold glass or bottle)
    cold frame
    protective covering consisting of a wooden frame with a glass top in which small plants are protected from the cold
    crystal, watch crystal, watch glass
    a protective cover that protects the face of a watch
    dust cover
    a removable plastic protective covering for a piece of equipment
    a protective covering for the front of a machine or device (as a door lock or computer component)
    cladding, facing
    a protective covering that protects the outside of a building
    fall-board, fallboard
    the hinged protective covering that protects the keyboard of a piano when it is not being played
    escutcheon, finger plate, scutcheon
    a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers
    heat shield
    a protective covering that protects a spacecraft from overheating on reentry
    bonnet, cowl, cowling, hood
    protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine
    a protective cover designed to contain or support a mechanical component
    liner, lining
    a protective covering that protects an inside surface
    a protective covering worn over the face
    a protective covering of rotting vegetable matter spread to reduce evaporation and soil erosion
    a protective covering that covers or forms the top of a building
    protective covering on top of a motor vehicle
    a protective covering consisting of netting; can be mounted in a frame
    protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight
    a protective covering (as for a knife or sword)
    overlay, overlayer, sheathing
    protective covering consisting, for example, of a layer of boards applied to the studs and joists of a building to strengthen it and serve as a foundation for a weatherproof exterior
    protective covering that provides protection from the weather
    a protective covering or structure
    dashboard, splashboard, splasher
    protective covering consisting of a panel to protect people from the splashing water or mud etc.
    a protective covering over or beside a wheel to protect the upper part of a vehicle from splashes of mud
    a movable protective covering that provided protection from above; used by Roman troops when approaching the walls of a besieged fortification
    protective covering for an injured thumb
    a protective leather or steel cover for the toe of a boot or shoe, reinforcing or decorating it
    splashboard, washboard
    protective covering consisting of a broad plank along a gunwale to keep water from splashing over the side
    aglet, aiglet
    metal or plastic sheath over the end of a shoelace or ribbon
    bell cot, bell cote
    a small shelter for bells; has a gable or shed roof
    a nonmagnetic housing for a ship's compass (usually in front of the helm)
    a shelter for birds
    body armor, body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor, suit of armour
    armor that protects the wearer's whole body
    brake lining
    the lining on the brake shoes that comes in contact with the brake drum
    bushing, cylindrical lining
    a cylindrical metal lining used to reduce friction
    cabinet, console
    housing for electronic instruments, as radio or television
    a covering (usually of cloth) that serves as a roof to shelter an area from the weather
    a small shelter for domestic animals (as sheep or pigeons)
    housing for a crankshaft
    curb roof
    a roof with two or more slopes on each side of the ridge
    curtain, drape, drapery, mantle, pall
    hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
    distributor cap
    the cap of the distributor that holds in place the wires from the distributor to the spark plugs
    distributor housing
    the housing that supports the distributor cam
    a hemispherical roof
    face mask
    mask that provides a protective covering for the face in such sports as baseball or football or hockey
    a lining applied to the edge of a garment for ornamentation or strengthening
    collet, ferrule
    a metal cap or band placed on a wooden pole to prevent splitting
    cot, fingerstall
    a sheath worn to protect a finger
    fire screen, fireguard
    a metal screen before an open fire for protection (especially against flying sparks)
    furnace lining, refractory
    lining consisting of material with a high melting point; used to line the inside walls of a furnace
    gable roof, saddle roof, saddleback, saddleback roof
    a double sloping roof with a ridge and gables at each end
    gas helmet, gasmask, respirator
    a protective mask with a filter; protects the face and lungs against poisonous gases
    half binding
    book binding in which the spine and part of the sides are bound in one material and the rest in another
    hip roof, hipped roof
    a roof having sloping ends as well as sloping sides
    a sheath (usually leather) for carrying a handgun
    the folding roof of a carriage
    the roof of a house
    cap that fits over the hub of a wheel
    journal box
    metal housing for a journal bearing
    dog house, doghouse, kennel
    outbuilding that serves as a shelter for a dog
    lamp house, lamp housing, lamphouse
    housing that holds a lamp (as in a movie projector)
    lamp shade, lampshade
    a protective ornamental shade used to screen a light bulb from direct view
    rough shelter whose roof has only one slope
    lens cap, lens cover
    cap used to keep lens free of dust when not in use
    mosquito net
    a fine net or screen (especially around beds) to protect against mosquitos
    nipple shield
    a rubber or plastic shield to protect the nipples of nursing women
    parasol, sunshade
    a handheld collapsible source of shade
    plate, scale, shell
    a metal sheathing of uniform thickness (such as the shield attached to an artillery piece to protect the gunners)
    radar dome, radome
    a housing for a radar antenna; transparent to radio waves
    revetement, revetment, stone facing
    a facing (usually masonry) that supports an embankment
    a shelter with perches for fowl or other birds
    a sheath for a sword or dagger or bayonet
    a shelter or screen providing protection from enemy fire or from the weather
    sentry box
    a small shelter with an open front to protect a sentry from the weather
    case, casing, shell
    the housing or outer covering of something
    buckler, shield
    armor carried on the arm to intercept blows
    a shield of lead or concrete intended as a barrier to radiation emitted in nuclear decay
    shield consisting of an arrangement of metal mesh or plates designed to protect electronic equipment from ambient electromagnetic interference
    a hinged blind for a window
    slate roof
    a roof covered with slate
    smoke screen, smokescreen
    (military) screen consisting of a cloud of smoke that obscures movements
    sunroof, sunshine-roof
    an automobile roof having a sliding or raisable panel
    sun visor
    a shade (sometimes of green mica) affixed above the windshield of an automobile
    thatch, thatched roof
    a house roof made with a plant material (as straw)
    a small metal cap to protect the finger while sewing; can be used as a small container
    three-quarter binding
    the spine and much of the sides are a different material from the rest of the cover
    tile roof
    a roof made of fired clay tiles
    an arched brick or stone ceiling or roof
    welder's mask
    a mask that you wear for protection when doing welding
    window blind
    a blind for privacy or to keep out light
    window screen
    screen to keep insects from entering a building through the open window
    windscreen, windshield
    transparent screen (as of glass) to protect occupants of a vehicle
    wing tip
    a decorative toecap having a point extending toward the throat of the shoe
    blinder, blinker, winker
    blind consisting of a leather eyepatch sewn to the side of the halter that prevents a horse from seeing something on either side
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    an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
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    defense against financial failure; financial independence
    “insurance provided protection against loss of wages due to illness”
    synonyms: security
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    easy street
    financial security
    hedge, hedging
    any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change
    promise of reimbursement in the case of loss; paid to people or companies so concerned about hazards that they have made prepayments to an insurance company
    a British term for some kinds of insurance
    automobile insurance, car insurance
    insurance against loss due to theft or traffic accidents
    business interruption insurance
    insurance that provides protection for the loss of profits and continuing fixed expenses resulting from a break in commercial activities due to the occurrence of a peril
    insurance issued jointly by two or more underwriters
    fire insurance
    insurance against loss due to fire
    group insurance
    insurance that is purchased by a group (such as the employees of a company) usually at a reduced rate to individual members of the group
    hazard insurance
    insurance that provides protection against certain risks such as storms or fires
    health insurance
    insurance against loss due to ill health
    liability insurance
    insurance that provides protection from claims arising from injuries or damage to other people or property
    life assurance, life insurance
    insurance paid to named beneficiaries when the insured person dies
    malpractice insurance
    insurance purchased by physicians and hospitals to cover the cost of being sued for malpractice
    sharing the risk by insurance companies; part or all of the insurer's risk is assumed by other companies in return for part of the premium paid by the insured
    insuring yourself by setting aside money to cover possible losses rather than by purchasing an insurance policy
    term insurance
    low-cost insurance that is valid only for a stated period of time and has no cash surrender value or loan value
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    anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
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    kindly endorsement and guidance
    synonyms: aegis, auspices, egis
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    endorsement, indorsement
    the act of endorsing
  6. noun
    the imposition of duties or quotas on imports in order to protect domestic industry against foreign competition
    “he made trade protection a plank in the party platform”
    synonyms: trade protection
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    imposition, infliction
    the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo)
  7. noun
    payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence
    “every store in the neighborhood had to pay him protection
    synonyms: tribute
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    the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)
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