What are some opposite words for protect?

Antonyms for protect
prəˈtɛkt

This page is about all possible antonyms and opposite words for the term protect.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. protect(verb)

    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage

    "Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"

  2. protect(verb)

    use tariffs to favor domestic industry

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. protect

    To cherish is both to hold dear and to treat as dear. Mere unexpressed esteem would not be cherishing. In the marriage vow, "to love, honor, and cherish," the word cherish implies all that each can do by love and tenderness for the welfare and happiness of the other, as by support, protection, care in sickness, comfort in sorrow, sympathy, and help of every kind. To nurse is to tend the helpless or feeble, as infants, or the sick or wounded. To nourish is strictly to sustain and build up by food; to nurture includes careful mental and spiritual training, with something of love and tenderness; to foster is simply to maintain and care for, to bring up; a foster-child will be nourished, but may not be as tenderly nurtured or as lovingly cherished as if one's own. In the figurative sense, the opinion one cherishes he holds, not with mere cold conviction, but with loving devotion.

    See synonyms for ABANDON; CHASTEN.

    Synonyms:
    cheer, cherish, cling to, comfort, encourage, entertain, foster, harbor, hold dear, nourish, nurse, nurture, shelter, treasure, value

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. protect

    Antonyms:
    betray, endanger, imperil, abandon, expose

    Synonyms:
    defend, fortify, guard, shield, preserve, cover, secure, save, vindicate

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. protect(v)

    Synonyms:
    shield, defend, guard, fortify, screen, shelter, befriend

Editors Contribution

  1. annihilate

    we had to protect the vase.

    Submitted by rinat on October 3, 2019  

How to use protect in a sentence?

  1. Arthur Fleck:

    Got ta protect yourself.

  2. Jake Maisner:

    Everyone wanted to protect her.

  3. Pope Francis ':

    We need unity to protect creation.

  4. Hoth Gor Luak:

    If you go out, who will protect you?

  5. Ebaristo Torres:

    I feel the need to protect the border.

How to pronounce protect?

Alex
Alex
US English
Daniel
Daniel
British
Karen
Karen
Australian
Veena
Veena
Indian

How to say protect in sign language?

  1. protect

Words popularity by usage frequency

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#2157protect
#12366expose
#14530abandon
#32731endanger
#37100betray
#121668imperil

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