[ seyf-gahrd ]
/ ˈseɪfˌgɑrd /


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.

Origin of safeguard

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

Related forms

un·safe·guard·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for safeguard


/ (ˈseɪfˌɡɑːd) /


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


(tr) to defend or protect
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