ADV. fully | adequately, properly, suitably | inadequately | carefully | effectively, successfully | jealously, rigorously a star who jealously protects her right to privacy
VERB + PROTECT need to | seek to, strive to, try to | act to, fight to Each company is fighting to protect its own commercial interests. | take steps to We must take steps to protect the UK as a manufacturing base. | help (to) | serve to | be designed to
PREP. against a cream that helps to protect your skin against the sun | from The new measures are designed to protect the public from people like these. | with Protect the exposed areas of wood with varnish.
PHRASES be aimed at protecting sth, a desire/duty/need to protect sb/sth He felt it was his duty to protect the child. | heavily/highly protected The Far Eastern markets are heavily protected (= with high taxes for imported goods). | legally/officially/specially protected Many of these sites?of immense scientific interest?are not legally protected. | measures to protect sb/sth, poorly/well protected Keep the camera well protected at all times.