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

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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 Such physical attacks are less common than a string of expletives when a customer is asked to wear a face covering as a safeguard against COVID-19 transmission. Gary Stix, Scientific American, "Emotional Labor Is a Store Clerk Confronting a Maskless Customer," 10 Sep. 2020 Ballot applications might go to vacant homes, but the system has a safeguard against ballots going to them. cleveland, "We wouldn’t know the truth if it slapped us, or we’re doing good work – Reader feedback to Letter From the Editor," 5 Sep. 2020 Requiring ballots returned through the mail to carry a postmark with the date is another safeguard, used to prevent ballots from being counted after the deadline. Elise Viebeck, Star Tribune, "More than 500,000 mail ballots were rejected in the primaries. That could make the difference in battleground states this fall.," 23 Aug. 2020 Still, a safeguard against thieves hidden in the manuscript suggests its creator was either very clever or had plenty of spare time: The first letters of each chapter spell out an acrostic that identifies him as the author. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "14th-Century Illustration of Venice Is the Oldest Found Yet," 10 Jan. 2020 Perhaps surprisingly, self-experimentation was once considered an ethical safeguard. Euzebiusz Jamrozik, Scientific American, "Do-it-Yourself Vaccines for COVID-19," 30 Aug. 2020 The lower rate provides some safeguard from potential volatility in the markets and means there are higher rates of contribution from the state. Sarah Downey, Washington Examiner, "Maine pension system so far sidestepping severe coronavirus economic decline," 17 Aug. 2020 Several are also attempting to make better use of outdoor spaces as a further safeguard against the coronavirus. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Six Dallas museums announce plans to reopen," 9 Aug. 2020 Bullets, shrapnel and flying debris often glanced off this sturdy safeguard that shielded the head from harm. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, "The History of the Hard Hat," 21 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The bubble format is designed to safeguard against an outbreak that would disrupt the postseason, which is worth least $787 million in TV money. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "MLB postseason bubble: Globe Life Field to be home of the NLCS, World Series; Petco Park to host ALCS," 10 Sep. 2020 Erin Brockovich has been famous since at least 2000, when Julia Roberts played her in a movie about her fight, in the early nineteen-nineties, to safeguard the drinking water of a small Southern California town. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "With a New Pipeline in East Africa, an Oil Company Flouts France’s Leadership on Climate," 10 Sep. 2020 Activist discusses how people and communities can take collective action to safeguard the environment. Chronicle Staff Report, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area political events: Erin Brockovich, John Bolton," 7 Sep. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the NFL, with teams and stadiums adhering to local restrictions and implementing a range of precautionary measures to safeguard players and fans. Chuck Johnston And Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Up to 6,000 fans will be allowed to attend two Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals home games," 5 Sep. 2020 Add in that the NHL wanted to safeguard against a possible overtime game in the first game of the day, and the result is a wide gap between the 3 p.m. start for Dallas-Colorado and the 8 p.m. start for Vegas-Vancouver. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Why are the Dallas Stars playing a dramatic Game 7 in the middle of an afternoon on a Friday?," 4 Sep. 2020 But Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said states and nursing homes also have responsibility to safeguard residents. Author: Ricardo Alonso-zaldiver, Anchorage Daily News, "Report: Nursing home cases up nearly 80% in COVID-19 rebound," 18 Aug. 2020 Schools and conferences operate within this structure with relative independence and impunity, and with little requirement to safeguard the future health and safety of their players. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "College Football’s Great Unraveling," 14 Aug. 2020 Reuters reports that many scholars think the scrolls were penned by a sect of Jewish ascetics called the Essenes, but others argue that the texts were brought to the Qumran caves from all over to safeguard them. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ancient DNA Helps Unlock Dead Sea Scroll Puzzle," 5 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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16 Sep 2020

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“Safeguard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/safeguard. Accessed 27 Sep. 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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