protecting Definition

to keep someone or something safe from harm, damage, or illness.

Using protecting: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "protecting" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The police are responsible for protecting citizens from crime.

  • Example

    Wearing sunscreen is important for protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays.

  • Example

    The fence around the garden is for protecting the plants from animals.

  • Example

    The vaccine is effective in protecting against the flu.

protecting Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for protecting

Phrases with protecting

  • clothing or equipment worn to protect the body from injury or infection


    The workers must wear protective gear when handling hazardous materials.

  • the practice of keeping a person in a secure place to protect them from harm, especially when they are a witness in a trial or a victim of a crime


    The witness was placed in protective custody until the trial was over.

  • a natural tendency to protect oneself or others from harm


    The mother bear showed her protective instinct when her cubs were threatened.


Summary: protecting in Brief

The verb 'protecting' [pruh-tek-ting] means to keep someone or something safe from harm, damage, or illness. It can refer to physical protection, such as wearing protective gear, or legal protection, such as protective custody. Synonyms include 'safeguard' and 'defend,' while antonyms include 'endanger' and 'jeopardize.'

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