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Definition of the verb protect

What does protect mean as a doing word?

Protect is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: protected | protecting | protects

  1. shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
    • example: Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, arbitrary control with -ing]I defended building the house
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, possessive with -ing]I defended their building the house
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I defended them
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] against [Proposition, not sentential clause]I defended them against the charges

      Defend Verbs (with the same syntax): defend, insulate, insure, preserve, shade.

    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: defend = be on the defensive
    • more specific terms:
  2. use tariffs to favor domestic industry
    • domain: trade
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: assist = act as an assistant in a subordinate or supportive function

Alternative definition of the verb protect


  1. To keep safe; to defend; to guard; to prevent harm coming to.


  1. "Protect" is a composition.
  2. "Protect" a.k.a. "Protect!" is a musical single of Headphonics.
    • released on (9 years ago)


Protect, or The National Association to Protect Children, is a political organization established in 2002 and dedicated to the protection of children from abuse, exploitation, and neglect. It is a nonprofit, 501 membership association with members in every U.S. state and 10 nations. Protect achieved great success in its first three years, winning legislative victories in eight state legislatures. It advocates a nonpartisan "pro-child, anti-crime" agenda, and works closely with both conservative and liberal constituencies and lawmakers.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Protect

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Google previewCritical Infrastructure Protection in Homeland Security (2014)

Defending a Networked Nation by Ted G. Lewis

PROTECT is a two-person Stackelberg game similar to TSA's GUARDS, described in the previous chapter. Its objective is to schedule randomized patrols for USCG cutters within harbors, waterways, and coastal shipping.

Google previewPrivatisation and Human Rights in the Age of Globalisation (2005)

by Felipe Gómez Isa

The duty to protect means that the state must prevent violations by third parties.46 In other words, should a particular privatisation scheme lead to a situation where CESCR obligations are breached,47 a state may be called to account where it ...

Google previewThe Internet of Things (2015)

How Smart TVs, Smart Cars, Smart Homes, and Smart Cities Are Changing the World by Michael Miller

The Nest Protect is a combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Like the Nest Learning Thermostat, it's a smart monitor that connects to the accompanying smartphone app via Wi-Fi. At the first indication of any problem, you get a ...

Google previewManaging A Network Vulnerability Assessment (2003)

by Thomas R. Peltier, Justin Peltier, John A. Blackley

Making a quantitative determination of the value of the information and resources you need to protect is a first step in developing a comprehensive information security plan. This determination can allow you to address areas of greatest ...

Google previewForeign Affairs Strategy (2007)

Logic for American Statecraft by Terry L. Deibel

The first interest such a strategy must protect is a reasonable level of security for the American homeland and for Americans abroad. This vital interest ...

Google previewConflict and Cooperation in Cyberspace (2013)

The Challenge to National Security by Panayotis A Yannakogeorgos, Adam B Lowther

A failure to protect is a failure to govern the nation, and legitimacy is eroded. Political scientist Dwight Waldo believed that we need faith in government; for government to have a strong legitimacy it has to project, deliver, and promise that life ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Foods (2002)

A Guide to Healthy Nutrition by Experts from Dole Food Company, Experts from The Mayo Clinic, Experts from UCLA Center for H

Allyl sulfides Garlic, onions, leeks May protect against coronary artery disease, abnormal blood clotting, cancer Alpha-linoleic acid Flaxseed, soybeans, walnuts Decreases inflammation Anthocyanosides Eggplant, blood oranges, blueberries ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy from the Civil War to World War I (2016)

by Kenneth J. Blume

forces land to protect American lives and property at Bocas del Toro during civil war. 17 September–18 November: Colombia (Panama): U.S. troops occupy trains crossing the isthmus to prevent ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Police Science (2007)

by Jack R. Greene

Negligent failure to protect. Police officers in general are not liable for injury to someone whom the police failed to protect; neither is any duty owed by the police to specific individuals to prevent crime. The police, however, have a general duty ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Gardening (1847)

by George William Johnson

—Frost, protect plants from.—Ground, trench vacant.—Hot-beds, make and attend to.—Kale (Sea), begin forcing, b. Kidney Beans, sow in hot-bed, e.— Letiuces in frames, attend; transplant to force.—Melons, sow, for fruiting in May; day temp.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence (2008)

by Claire M. Renzetti, Jeffrey L. Edleson

As Randy Magen has suggested, it implies that the neglecting parent has failed to protect a child when it was possible to do so. While this may sometimes be the case, the term is very controversial when applied to parents who are also victims ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cyber Warfare (2017)

by Paul J. Springer

Trade secret laws protect commercially valuable ideas, such as the formula for Coca-Cola or particular research processes used by a company to develop products. Trade secret laws are particularly relevant in the software development world, ...

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Quotes about Protect

The police cannot protect the citizen at this stage of our development, and they cannot even protect themselves in many cases. It is up to the private citizen to protect himself and his family, and this is not only acceptable, but mandatory. (Jeff Cooper)
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Scrabble value of P3R1O1T1E1C3T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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