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protect

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of protect

  1. to drive danger or attack away from the mother bear was just trying to protect her cubs Synonyms of protect bulwark, cover, fence, fend, forfend, guard, keep, defend, safeguard, screen, secure, shield, wardWords Related to protect avert, prevent; oppose, resist, withstand; battle, contend, fight, war; conserve, preserve, save; buffer, palisade, picket, wallNear Antonyms of protect bombard, storm; beset, besiege, overrun; capitulate, cave, submit, yieldAntonyms of protect assail, assault, attack

Synonym Discussion of protect

defend, protect, shield, guard, safeguard mean to keep secure from danger or against attack. defend denotes warding off actual or threatened attack.
    • defend the country
protect implies the use of something (such as a covering) as a bar to the admission or impact of what may attack or injure.
    • a hard hat to protect your head
shield suggests protective intervention in imminent danger or actual attack.
    • shielded her eyes from the sun with her hand
guard implies protecting with vigilance and force against expected danger.
    • White House entrances are well guarded
safeguard implies taking precautionary protective measures against merely possible danger.
    • our civil liberties must be safeguarded


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