from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To keep from being damaged, attacked, stolen, or injured; guard. See Synonyms at defend.
- transitive v. To help (domestic industry) with tariffs or quotas on imported goods.
- transitive v. To assure payment of (drafts or notes, for example) by setting aside funds.
- transitive v. Sports To attempt to hold (a lead) by playing careful defense and avoiding risky plays.
- transitive v. Baseball To swing at a pitch near (home plate) in order to avoid being called out on strikes.
- transitive v. Baseball To swing at a pitch so as to give (a base runner) a better chance of advancing.
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- v. To keep safe; to defend; to guard; to prevent harm coming to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cover or shield from danger or injury; to defend; to guard; to preserve in safety.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cover or shield from danger, harm, damage, trespass, exposure, insult, temptation, or the like; defend; guard; preserve in safety: applied with a wide range, both literally and figuratively, actively and passively.
- To act as protector or regent for. Compare protector, 2 .
- Specifically, in political economics, to guard or strengthen against foreign competition by means of a protective duty.
- Synonyms Defend, Shelter, etc. (see keep), screen, secure.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
- v. use tariffs to favor domestic industry
I say "it is all about protecting the book" ..protect the books = protect the people
Executives under Ms. Robinson used the phrase "protect and grow" to describe their approach, often to the irritation of digital-side employees who have said the emphasis on protecting the Times too often stunted growth elsewhere.
The only way to protect is to plan in advance; using super redundant and resilient systems.
Finally, asked why his family hasn't appeared with him on the campaign trail, including his wife and adult children, Cain repeats that he is "an unconventional candidate" and wants to protect his family although he doesn't use the word "protect".
"Which is why Google executives used the word 'protect' at least six times while explaining the deal this morning."
The barrage was built in 1974-75 and an agreement to protect from the unilateral withdrawal of water by India took 20 years of diplomatic efforts.
What are the parents of these kids that the 'state must protect from the industry'?
At a beach house on the patio facing the ocean in a nice luxurious massage chair with a slide in table for my laptop with shades and coverage to protect from the sun.
The minority that they want to protect is the minority of the super wealthy.
Constitution is its respect for the rights of minorities, whom it seeks to protect from the tyranny of the majority.