protection

noun
pro·​tec·​tion | \ prə-ˈtek-shən How to pronounce protection (audio) \

Definition of protection

1 : the act of protecting : the state of being protected
2a : one that protects
b : supervision or support of one that is smaller and weaker
c : a contraceptive device (such as a condom)
3 : the freeing of the producers of a country from foreign competition in their home market by restrictions (such as high duties) on foreign competitive goods
4a : immunity from prosecution purchased by criminals through bribery
b : money extorted by racketeers posing as a protective association
6 : anchoring equipment placed in cracks for safety while rock climbing

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Examples of protection in a Sentence

He fights for the protection of the environment. Hard hats provide protection for the workers' heads. The witness was placed under police protection.
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Recent Examples on the Web Though more research is needed, studies have suggested that the vaccines currently available offer strong protection against the B.1.1.7 variant. NBC News, "U.K. coronavirus variant is now the dominant strain in the U.S., CDC says," 7 Apr. 2021 But the fact is that viruses continually evolve, and the Army's hope is that its own version will offer more widespread protection. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "The U.S. Army is working on a COVID-19 vaccine it thinks could protect against new strains," 6 Apr. 2021 One such discovery tells us that Apple is working on screen tech that would offer foldable devices much better protection against cracks. Chris Smith, BGR, "Apple’s new invention could be a game-changer for the foldable iPhone," 6 Apr. 2021 Secondly, the shot has shown complete protection against hospitalization and deaths, 28 days post-vaccination. Trefis Team, Forbes, "What’s Happening With Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout?," 5 Apr. 2021 Russia's Gamaleya Institute, which developed the Sputnik V vaccine, has wished Fernández well and emphasized the shot's high protection against severe illness. Claudia Rebaza, CNN, "Argentina's President tests positive for Covid-19 after vaccine," 4 Apr. 2021 Recent data show that the currently available vaccines offer sufficient protection against the new variants. Los Angeles Times, "An apparent fourth wave of COVID-19 is centered in the East. Will it hit California?," 4 Apr. 2021 One study published this week found that two doses of either Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccines provided health care and other essential workers 90% protection against COVID-19 infections. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Fully Vaccinated People Can Travel With Low Risk of COVID-19, CDC Says," 2 Apr. 2021 Infectious Diseases shows that T cells appear to recognize the troublesome variants that originated from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa, which is a good sign that the vaccines will offer protection against them. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, "How long will your coronavirus vaccination last? Here's what we know about immunity so far," 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of protection

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of protection was in the 14th century

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9 Apr 2021

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“Protection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protection. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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protection

noun

English Language Learners Definition of protection

: the state of being kept from harm, loss, etc. : the state of being protected
: something that keeps a person or thing from being harmed, lost, etc. : something that protects someone or something
: a device (such as a condom) that is used during sex to prevent pregnancy or the spread of diseases

protection

noun
pro·​tec·​tion | \ prə-ˈtek-shən How to pronounce protection (audio) \

Kids Definition of protection

1 : the act of shielding from harm : the state of being shielded from harm
2 : a person or thing that shields from harm

protection

noun
pro·​tec·​tion

Legal Definition of protection

1 : the act of protecting : the state of being protected entitled to constitutional protection
2a : one that protects
b : supervision or support of one having less power protection of endangered species
3 : the freeing of the producers of goods of a country from foreign competition in their home market by restrictions (as high duties) on foreign competitive goods
4a : immunity from prosecution purchased by criminals through bribery
b : money extorted by racketeers posing as a protective association
5 : coverage for loss provided by insurance

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