Definition for PRO-TECT'

PRO-TECT', v.t. [L. protectus, protego; pro and tego, to cover; Gr. στεγω, with a prefix; Eng. deck. See Deck.]

To cover or shield from danger or injury; to defend; to guard; to preserve in safety; a word of general import both in a literal and figurative sense. Walls protect a city or garrison; clothing is designed to protect the body from cold; arms may protect one from an assault; our houses protect us from the inclemencies of the weather; the law protects our persons and property; the father protects his children, and the guardian his ward; a shade protects us from extreme heat; a navy protects our commerce and our shores; embassadors are protected from arrest.

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