Pro·tect v. t. [imp. & p. p. Protected; p. pr. & vb. n. Protecting.] To cover or shield from danger or injury; to defend; to guard; to preserve in safety; as, a father protects his children.
The gods of Greece protect you! --Shak.
Syn: -- To guard; shield; preserve. See Defend.
v 1: shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage;
"Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"
2: use tariffs to favor domestic industry