protect

Definition

verb
to defend something against harm
ExamplesThe workers are protected from unfair dismissal by government legislation. • The cover is supposed to protect the machine from dust.
Usage
to protect an industry by imposing tariff barriers
to stop a local industry from being hit by foreign competition by taxing foreign products when they are imported

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