What does the word protect mean?

Usage examples for protect

  1. They protect us, and we let our thoughts rest upon them. – Romance of the Rabbit by Francis Jammes
  2. But through no intention of mine I have been drawn into it- drawn into it, Mostyn, to protect the dignity and credit of the bank. – The Desired Woman by Will N. Harben
  3. Give me the right to protect you! – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell