protect

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • verb to stop something being damaged or harmed

Aviation

  • verb to keep from harm, injury or damage

Medical

  • verb to keep a person or thing safe from harm

Military

Publishing

  • verb to keep something safe and free from damage

Origin & History of “protect”

The -tect element of protect goes back to the past participle of Latin tegere ‘cover’ (source of English integument (17th c.) and toga (16th c.) and related to thatch). Combination with the prefix prō- ‘in front’ produced prōtegere ‘cover in front, protect’. Another English product of the past participle tectus is detect (15th c.).
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