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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Protect  \Pro*tect"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Protected};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Protecting}.]  [L.  protectus  p.  p.  of  protegere, 
  literally,  to  cover  in  front;  pro  before  +  tegere  to  cover. 
  See  {Tegument}.] 
  To  cover  or  shield  from  danger  or  injury;  to  defend;  to 
  guard;  to  preserve  in  safety;  as  a  father  protects  his 
  The  gods  of  Greece  protect  you!  --Shak. 
  Syn:  To  guard;  shield;  preserve.  See  {Defend}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  v  1:  shield  from  danger,  injury,  destruction,  or  damage; 
  "Weatherbeater  protects  your  roof  from  the  rain" 
  2:  use  tariffs  to  favor  domestic  industry,  in  international 

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