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 formsun·safe·guard·ed, adjective

Synonyms for safeguard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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Word Origin and History for safeguard

late 14c., "protection, safety," from Middle French sauvegarde "safekeeping, safeguard" (13c.), from Old French salve, sauve (fem. of sauf; see safe (adj.)) + garde "a keeping" (see guard (n.)). Meaning "something that offers security from danger" is recorded from late 15c.


mid-15c., from safeguard (n.). Related: Safeguarded; safeguarding.

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