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noun safe·guard \ˈsāf-ˌgärd\

Definition of safeguard

  1. 1a :  pass, safe-conductb :  convoy, escort

  2. 2a :  a precautionary measure, stipulation, or deviceb :  a technical contrivance to prevent accident

Examples of safeguard in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of safeguard

Middle English saufgarde, from Anglo-French, from sauf safe + garde guard


First Known Use: 15th century


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safeguard

verb safe·guard

Definition of safeguard

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to provide a safeguard for

  3. 2 :  to make safe :  protect

Examples of safeguard in a sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of safeguard

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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 (such 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

SAFEGUARD Defined for English Language Learners

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noun safe·guard \ˈsāf-ˌgärd\

Definition of safeguard for English Language Learners

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


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safeguard

verb safe·guard

Definition of safeguard for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone or something) safe or secure


SAFEGUARD Defined for Kids

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safeguard

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noun safe·guard \ˈsāf-ˌgärd\

Definition of safeguard for Students

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


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verb safe·guard

Definition of safeguard for Students

safeguarded

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safeguarding

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



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