protect pro‧tect [prəˈtekt] verb [transitive]
1. to keep someone or something safe from harm, damage, bad influences etc:

• laws protecting the rights of disabled people

• P&G wants to protect its $180 million investment by obtaining a 10-year extension of three patents.

protect somebody/​something from something

• The cover protects the machine from dust.

protect (somebody/​something) against

• The wage index system protects workers against inflation.

2. ECONOMICS to try to help an industry in your own country by taxing foreign goods that are competing with it, so limiting the number that can be imported:

• For decades, the Mexican government protected its domestic growers by regulating corn imports.

3. INSURANCE to provide insurance against damage to your home, car, etc :

• Having unemployment insurance means that you are partially protected if you lose your job.

— protected adjective [only before a noun] :

• Global banking has changed from being a protected industry to a deregulated one.

• Tight import quotas in five protected markets will be gradually reduced.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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