protectpro·tect /prəˈtekt/ verb [transitiveT] 1to 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.
2ECONOMICSto 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.
3INSURANCEto provide insurance against damage to your home, car, etc
Having unemployment insurance means that you are partially protected if you lose your job.
—protected adjectiveadj [only before a noun]
Global banking has changed from being aprotected industry to a deregulated one.
Tight import quotas in five protected markets will be gradually reduced.