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

aegis (also egis), ammunition, armor, buckler, cover, defense, guard, protection, screen, security, shield, wall, ward

Synonyms: Verb

bulwark, cover, defend, fence, fend, forfend, guard, keep, protect, screen, secure, shield, ward

Antonyms: Verb

assail, assault, attack

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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

The measure, known as the backstop, is a safeguard that would keep the U.K. in a customs union with the EU and removes the need for checks along the border until a permanent new trading relationship is in place. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "May delay: UK PM asks lawmakers for more time on Brexit," 12 Feb. 2019 The judges also found that there were insufficient safeguards put in place to govern access to communications data. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "“Bulk interception” by GCHQ (and NSA) violated human rights charter, European court rules," 13 Sep. 2018 Lawmakers from both parties have expressed concerns that Saudi Arabia could develop nuclear weapons if the U.S. technology were transferred without proper safeguards. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Flynn pushed to share nuclear tech with Saudis, report says," 20 Feb. 2019 Outside safety experts have questioned how the FAA gave the green light for such a design lacking redundant software or hardware safeguards. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Boeing and Regulators Delay Jetliner Fixes Prompted by Lion Air Crash," 10 Feb. 2019 But the North did not complete a safeguards agreement with the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Oren Dorell, USA TODAY, "North Korea's threat to cancel Trump-Kim summit is just the latest of broken promises," 16 May 2018 This is not the first time YouTube’s safeguards have failed, raising questions about whether advertising on the site will always carry a certain amount of risk. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Will Google Be the Next Tech Giant to Face Off with Washington?," 20 Apr. 2018 After Mr Bush’s steel safeguards were applied to the EU and Japan in 2002, companies cut off from their suppliers expended much time and money pleading their case in Washington. The Economist, "Steel bannedWhy tariffs on steel and aluminium are easier said than done," 24 Mar. 2018 The switch to serving in government has also been a safeguard for Lugovoi, as the Russian constitution bans extraditing criminal suspects. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Russians accused of crimes abroad finding fame in their homeland," 13 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The impact on you at home: Chrome’s Site Isolation is a welcome protection despite the painful RAM hit, but updating your browser is just a small part of safeguarding against Meltdown and Spectre. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Chrome gobbles much more RAM due to Google's 'Site Isolation' protection for Spectre CPU flaws," 12 July 2018 Pence mentioned the 2009 satellite collision in his speech, adding that the new Space Traffic Management Policy is aimed at safeguarding U.S. assets in space. Tariq Malik, Space.com, "National Space Council Will Deliver Space-Junk Plan to Trump, VP Pence Says," 16 Apr. 2018 These safeguarding moves are not guaranteed to work, however, and ISPs are busy preparing to challenge the resulting orders and legislation in the courts. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Final Countdown on Net Neutrality Is About to Begin," 21 Feb. 2018 The nearly 900,000 samples inside are provided by almost every country in the world, safeguarding seeds from natural disaster, war, mismanagement, and other crop-destroying circumstances. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "Martha Stewart Thinks a Global Seed Vault Could Save Us From Global Warming," 23 Jan. 2018 Many carriers and countries have invested in new checkpoint technologies, amped up airport security, and introduced procedures that will better safeguard planes and passengers. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "New TSA rule affects quantity of powders allowed in carry-on bags," 29 June 2018 Since insurance policies contain coverage deductibles and exclusions, make sure to work with a qualified insurance professional to identify insurance coverage that can safeguard your business property and income. Steven A. Wolf, miamiherald, "Prepare for the aftermath of hurricane season," 29 June 2018 Now, security companies are hoping to harness the potential of artificial intelligence to better safeguard homes. Paul Sullivan, New York Times, "Can Artificial Intelligence Keep Your Home Secure?," 29 June 2018 Boni has developed an intricate routine to safeguard every measurement. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Morning Line: Celebrating three years of Jillian The Magnificent and Ryan Mavriplis," 27 June 2018

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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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safeguard

noun

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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