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 Village also uses an abuse prevention company called MinistrySafe, which many evangelical churches cite as an accountability safeguard. Elizabeth Dias, New York Times, "Her Evangelical Megachurch Was Her World. Then Her Daughter Said She Was Molested by a Minister.," 10 June 2019 The power of the police to use deadly force must be guided by sensible legislation that helps safeguards human life as well as protects human rights. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Mural of Oscar Grant unveiled at BART station where he died a decade ago," 8 June 2019 By preventing the safety system from warning the driver to return their hands to the wheel, this product disables an important safeguard, and could put customers and other road users at risk. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Device That Fools Tesla's Autopilot Is in Government's Crosshairs," 19 June 2018 Other safeguards include warning labels and eliminating see-through packaging that showcased the bright Pods. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Tide Pods: Despite 'The Challenge,' P&G doubles down on detergent pouches," 8 Feb. 2018 The goals of denuclearizing, or even of getting the program acknowledged and under international safeguards, get further away. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "What Happens When You Treat Nuclear Diplomacy Like a Reality TV Show," 24 May 2018 By handing over its China iCloud service to a local company without sufficient safeguards, the Chinese authorities now have potentially unfettered access to all Apple’s Chinese customers’ iCloud data. Laignee Barron, Time, "Amnesty International Is Accusing Apple of Betraying Chinese iCloud Users," 22 Mar. 2018 The measures by Nordic and Baltic regulators comes as banks in the region face questions about safeguards for spotting financial crimes. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Nordic, Baltic Regulators Agree to Share Info on Money-Laundering Threats," 15 May 2019 Opponents also contend that the law lacks proper safeguards for the state's most vulnerable patients. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Assisted death rate nearly doubled in California in 2017," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The District Court in the nation’s capital, and the U.S. Supreme Court on appeal, which held that the U.S. was safeguarded against such suits. Arica L. Coleman, Time, "The House Hearing on Slavery Reparations Is Part of a Long History. Here's What to Know on the Idea's Tireless Early Advocates," 18 June 2019 How then to safeguard your child’s best chance of acquiring language and enabling communication? Gavin Francis, The New York Review of Books, "Gavin Francis," 23 May 2019 Hundreds of lawmakers led by senior members of the House and Senate foreign policy committees have written to President Trump calling for a new U.S. strategy in Syria to counter Russia and Iran, deter terrorists and safeguard Israel. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "Lawmakers Call on Trump for a New U.S. Policy in Syria," 20 May 2019 The idea is to ensure that these heritage sites are safeguarded for generations to come. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Oaxaca’s Pre-Hispanic Monte Albán Ruins to Be Restored," 11 May 2018 Efforts to safeguard against election interference have ignited concerns over First Amendment protections and censorship and brought a new wave of criticism, often pitting citizens, top lawmakers and tech giants against one other. Deanna Paul, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: How fighting political disinformation could collide with the First Amendment," 30 Mar. 2019 Cybersecurity analyst and lawyer Shawn Tuma explains what the government is doing to help safeguard voters come November. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Search for clues in gaming tournament shooting; New McCain burial details; Lewandowski rips Cohen," 27 Aug. 2018 All herbs and spices that help to safeguard your immune system! Theresa Shank, Rd, Ldn, Philly.com, "Philly dietitian shares best defenses against flu season," 29 Jan. 2018 Doorjambs include an added reinforced plate to help safeguard your family and home. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Window World Doors Presented by Therma Tru," 5 Apr. 2019

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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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More Definitions for safeguard

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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