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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 of safeguard
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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  • Probably the simple expedient of a piece of cork, fastened at each corner on the back of the case, would have proved a safeguard.

  • There is a refuge for him, a defence, a safeguard which no material attack can break down.

  • They represent the changes in the things of ordinary life which are needed to safeguard the important business of inference.

  • Still, we must safeguard the King's interests and be prepared.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • Any of these processes were likely to make the meat toxic, and the one safeguard was prohibition of their consumption.

    Religion And Health James J. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for safeguard

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 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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