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.

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Origin of safeguard

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

OTHER WORDS FROM safeguard

un·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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