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Prevent vs. Protect

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  • Prevent (verb)

    To stop; to keep from. from 16th c.

    "I brushed my teeth to prevent them from going yellow."

  • Prevent (verb)

    To take preventative measures. from 16th c.

  • Prevent (verb)

    To come before; to precede. 16th-18th c.

  • Prevent (verb)

    To outdo, surpass. 16th-17th c.

  • Prevent (verb)

    To be beforehand with; to anticipate.

  • Protect (verb)

    To keep safe; to defend; to guard; to prevent harm coming to.

    "to protect a child from danger"

    "This antivirus package will protect your computer from hackers."

    "Condoms are designed to protect against sexually-transmitted diseases."

  • Protect (verb)

    To book a passenger on a later flight if there is a chance they will not be able to board their earlier reserved flight.

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Prevent

    To go before; to precede; hence, to go before as a guide; to direct.

  • Prevent

    To be beforehand with; to anticipate.

  • Prevent

    To intercept; to hinder; to frustrate; to stop; to thwart.

  • Prevent (verb)

    To come before the usual time.

  • Protect

    To cover or shield from danger or injury; to defend; to guard; to preserve in safety; as, a father protects his children.

Webster Dictionary
  • Prevent (verb)

    keep from happening or arising; have the effect of preventing;

    "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"

  • Prevent (verb)

    prevent from doing something or being in a certain state;

    "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"

    "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"

    "Keep the child from eating the marbles"

  • Protect (verb)

    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage;

    "Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"

  • Protect (verb)

    use tariffs to favor domestic industry

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