safeguard

[ seyf-gahrd ]
/ ˈseɪfˌgɑrd /

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to guard; protect; secure.

Nearby words

  1. safe-conduct,
  2. safe-deposit,
  3. safe-deposit box,
  4. safe-keeping,
  5. safecracker,
  6. safekeeping,
  7. safelight,
  8. safely,
  9. safety,
  10. safety belt

Origin of safeguard

1325–75; Middle English savegarde (noun) safe conduct < Middle French salvegarde, sauvegarde. See safe, guard

Related formsun·safe·guard·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for safeguard

safeguard

/ (ˈseɪfˌɡɑːd) /

noun

a person or thing that ensures protection against danger, damage, injury, etc
a document authorizing safe-conduct

verb

(tr) to defend or protect
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Word Origin and History for safeguard
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