Pronunciation: (pru-tekt'), [key]
1. to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult, etc.; cover or shield from injury or danger.
2. Econ.to guard (the industry or an industry of a nation) from foreign competition by imposing import duties.
3. to provide funds for the payment of (a draft, note, etc.).
to provide, or be capable of providing, protection: a floor wax that protects as well as shines.
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