- something that serves as a protection or defense or that ensures safety.
- a permit for safe passage.
- a guard or convoy.
- a mechanical device for ensuring safety.
- to guard; protect; secure.
Origin of safeguard
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Examples from the Web for safeguard
In several reports he urged the pit operators to safeguard the birds.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
And an overzealous medical professional, hoping to safeguard against malpractice, can also be a cause of unneeded procedure.Are Routine Scans Causing Cancer?
September 17, 2014
Time for Plan B: Work with the U.S. on joint technology investment and deployment to safeguard against asymmetrical attacks.Memo to Bibi Netanyahu: It’s Time to Build an Arsenal of Awe
December 2, 2013
Bush, by contrast, ignored those subjects almost completely, seeking to safeguard his reputation among general election moderates.Chris Christie Is No George W. Bush, and 2016 Is Definitely Not 2000
November 7, 2013
Among the other latest accessories souped up to safeguard women is an “anti-rape” belt created by two Swedish teens in 2005.From the Anti-Rape Bra to Chastity Belts: How Women Use Clothing for Protection
June 5, 2013
Conscience, he said, was the soul's safeguard, and reason the safeguard of the heart and intellect.Life in London
There is a refuge for him, a defence, a safeguard which no material attack can break down.The Conquest of Fear
Still, we must safeguard the King's interests and be prepared.St. Martin's Summer
But this very pettiness in our criticism is, fortunately, a sort of safeguard.Another Sheaf
Truly have we; and if suspicion were a safeguard, nothing can harm us.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
- a person or thing that ensures protection against danger, damage, injury, etc
- a document authorizing safe-conduct
- (tr) to defend or protect
Word Origin and History for safeguard
mid-15c., from safeguard (n.). Related: Safeguarded; safeguarding.