Pronunciation: (pru-tekt'),[key] —v.t. 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.).
—v.i. to provide, or be capable of providing, protection: a floor wax that protects as well as shines.