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Protect, 1) to guard, to defend, to shield: Tw. II, 4, 75. H6A I, 3, 9. H6B I, 3, 5. H6B I, 3, 5 II, 1, 54. H8 III, 2, 276. V, 1, 142. V, 4, 11. Lr. I, 4, 227. Cymb. I, 1, 128. IV, 2, 126. Per. I, 4, 97. With “from:” R3 IV, 1, 20. Per. II, 1, 135.
2) to guard, to superintend, to tend: “must you p. my lady here?” H6B II, 4, 79. “despite the bearward that --s the bear,” V, 1, 210.
3) to be protector, to be regent for: “why should he then p. our sovereign,” H6B I, 1, 165. “why a king of years should be to be --ed like a child,” II, 3, 29. “the king had virtuous uncles to p. his grace,” R3 II, 3, 21.
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