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1safeguard

noun safe·guard \ˈsāf-ˌgärd\

: something that provides protection against possible loss, damage, etc.

Full Definition of SAFEGUARD

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a :  a precautionary measure, stipulation, or device
b :  a technical contrivance to prevent accident
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Examples of SAFEGUARD

  1. The new law has safeguards to protect the rights of citizens.
  2. There are many safeguards built into the system to prevent fraud.

Origin of SAFEGUARD

Middle English saufgarde, from Anglo-French, from sauf safe + garde guard
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

2safeguard

transitive verb

: to make (someone or something) safe or secure

Full Definition of SAFEGUARD

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:  to provide a safeguard for
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:  to make safe :  protect

Examples of SAFEGUARD

  1. laws that safeguard the rights of citizens
  2. You need to safeguard your computer against viruses.
  3. There are steps you can take to safeguard against identity theft.

First Known Use of SAFEGUARD

15th century

Synonym Discussion of SAFEGUARD

defend, protect, shield, guard, safeguard mean to keep secure from danger or against attack. defend denotes warding off actual or threatened attack <defend the country>. protect implies the use of something (as a covering) as a bar to the admission or impact of what may attack or injure <a hard hat to protect your head>. shield suggests protective intervention in imminent danger or actual attack <shielded her eyes from the sun with her hand>. guard implies protecting with vigilance and force against expected danger <White House entrances are well guarded>. safeguard implies taking precautionary protective measures against merely possible danger <our civil liberties must be safeguarded>.
SAFEGUARDING Defined for Kids

1safeguard

noun safe·guard \ˈsāf-ˌgärd\

Definition of SAFEGUARD for Kids

:  something that protects and gives safety <Drink water as a safeguard against dehydration.>

2safeguard

verb
safe·guard·edsafe·guard·ing

Definition of SAFEGUARD for Kids

:  to make or keep safe or secure <Refrigerating the food will safeguard it against spoilage.>

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