safeguard

noun
safe·​guard | \ ˈsāf-ˌgärd How to pronounce safeguard (audio) \

Definition of safeguard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2a : a precautionary measure, stipulation, or device
b : a technical contrivance to prevent accident

safeguard

verb
safeguarded; safeguarding; safeguards

Definition of safeguard (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for safeguard

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Verb

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

Examples of safeguard in a Sentence

Noun The new law has safeguards to protect the rights of citizens. There are many safeguards built into the system to prevent fraud. Verb laws that safeguard the rights of citizens You need to safeguard your computer against viruses. There are steps you can take to safeguard against identity theft.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Most voters get their absentee ballots by mail or through the state's online portal, but voting rights advocates view the ability to get them by fax or email as a safeguard when people don't have another way to get a ballot. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Appeals court limits Wisconsin early voting to 2 weeks before election, stops voters from receiving ballots via email, fax," 30 June 2020 China has further made plans to instate a security bureau in Hong Kong that would analyze security situations in the region and safeguard China’s national security interests. Fox News, "Pompeo: US imposes restrictions on Chinese Communist Party leaders undermining Hong Kong autonomy," 26 June 2020 As a general safeguard, every process that can be contactless should be. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Is It Safe To Get Botox Again?," 24 June 2020 The White House had already dropped a requirement that all staff in the West Wing must wear face coverings, a safeguard imposed after the vice president’s spokeswoman and the president’s valet tested positive for the virus. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "White House drops temperature checks for those entering complex," 22 June 2020 Republicans have argued that is a safeguard is necessary to prevent fraud. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Bill to send a mail ballot to every active California voter goes to Newsom," 18 June 2020 Herbs like dill, thyme, rosemary, and sage safeguard cabbage-family crops. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, "Kelly Smith-Trimble Strays from Traditional Planting Methods in Her Tennessee Garden," 5 June 2020 In the contest to win over consumers, many tech giants have taken to offering end-to-end encryption as a default safeguard. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Why Zoom is leaving its free video conferencing with weaker encryption," 3 June 2020 Stay calm, keep your hands where officers can see them, and consider filming the interaction as unobtrusively as possible as a safeguard. Louryn Strampe, Wired, "How to Protest Safely: What to Bring, What to Do, and What to Avoid," 2 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The law grants broad powers to two new agencies set up to safeguard national security in Hong Kong -- a committee led by the city's chief executive and staffed by Hong Kong officials, and an office set up directly by the central Chinese government. Nectar Gan, CNN, "How the national security law is bringing China's authoritarian legal system to Hong Kong," 2 July 2020 What are some of the measures being taken to safeguard fans? Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "7 things fans need to know about new 2020 Indy 500 plan," 27 June 2020 The council’s declaration gives additional powers to local authorities and emergency services to safeguard the public. Fox News, "Thousands flocking to English beaches trigger 'major incident' response as coronavirus rules ignored," 25 June 2020 Others suspect Samsung will find some other way to safeguard the Lee family’s control. Sohee Kim, Bloomberg.com, "Samsung Billionaire’s Fate at Risk Despite Role in Virus Fight," 14 June 2020 His Administration continues to take bold, decisive action to safeguard our nation. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Trump to visit Yuma on Tuesday to mark completion of 200 miles of new border wall," 19 June 2020 Sports talk jock Mike Taylor and his wife, Jennifer Dodd, moved their family to Hawaii earlier this year to safeguard their 8-year-old transgender son, M.J. Richard Marini, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio sports talk host Mike Taylor returns home from Hawaii to soak up la cultura," 19 June 2020 Sandy Springs has been awarded a $36,695 federal grant to purchase personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to safeguard public safety personnel from the COVID-19 virus. David Ibata, ajc, "Sandy Springs wins $36K grant for COVID-19 supplies," 18 June 2020 It was done in support of the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s mission to safeguard American and Canadian airspace, the statement said. Wyatt Olson, Anchorage Daily News, "B-52 bombers return to Alaska following three-year hiatus," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of safeguard

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1501, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for safeguard

Noun

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

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The first known use of safeguard was in the 15th century

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6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Safeguard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/safeguard. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for safeguard

safeguard

noun
How to pronounce safeguard (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of safeguard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

safeguard

verb

English Language Learners Definition of safeguard (Entry 2 of 2)

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

safeguard

noun
safe·​guard | \ ˈsāf-ˌgärd How to pronounce safeguard (audio) \

Kids Definition of safeguard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

safeguard

verb
safeguarded; safeguarding

Kids Definition of safeguard (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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