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safeguard

[seyf-gahrd] /ˈseɪfˌgɑrd/
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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English savegarde (noun) safe conduct < Middle French salvegarde, sauvegarde. See safe, guard
Related forms
unsafeguarded, adjective
Synonyms
5. defend, shield.
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British Dictionary definitions for safe-guard

safeguard

/ˈseɪfˌɡɑːd/
noun
1.
a person or thing that ensures protection against danger, damage, injury, etc
2.
a document authorizing safe-conduct
verb
3.
(transitive) to defend or protect
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Word Origin and History for safe-guard

safeguard

n.

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.

v.

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

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