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safeguard

[seyf-gahrd]
noun
1.
something that serves as a protection or defense or that ensures safety.
2.
a permit for safe passage.
3.
a guard or convoy.
4.
a mechanical device for ensuring safety.
verb (used with object)
5.
to guard; protect; secure.

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

unsafeguarded, adjective


5. defend, shield.
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safeguard (ˈseɪfˌɡɑːd)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that ensures protection against danger, damage, injury, etc
2.  a document authorizing safe-conduct
 
vb
3.  (tr) to defend or protect

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safeguard
1421, "protection, safety," from M.Fr. sauvegarde "safekeeping, safeguard" (13c.), from O.Fr. salve, sauve (fem. of sauf; see safe) + garde "a keeping" (see guard). Meaning "something that offers security from danger" is recorded from 1471. The verb is from 1494.
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