protection noun

ADJ. adequate, effective | legal | police Witnesses at the trial were given police protection. | animal, child, consumer, data, environmental, personal, wildlife Animal protection supporters gathered to protest against hunting. She carries a gun in her bag for personal protection. | fire, flood Fire protection equipment must be available on all floors. | sun sun protection products

QUANT. degree A helmet affords the cyclist some degree of protection against injury.

VERB + PROTECTION afford (sb), give (sb), offer (sb), provide (sb with)

PROTECTION + NOUN law, legislation, order The couple were found guilty of violation of child protection laws. | measures, mechanism, scheme, system

PREP. under the ~ of Many British wild animals are now under the protection of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. | ~ against Fill the cooling system with antifreeze as a protection against frost. | ~ from The high walls give the garden protection from the wind.

PHRASES a means of protection The skunk releases a pungent smell as a means of protection.