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safeguard (n.)

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

safeguard (v.)

"to guard, protect, keep secure from danger," mid-15c., from safeguard (n.). Related: Safeguarded; safeguarding.

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Definitions of safeguard
1
safeguard (v.)
make safe;
safeguard (v.)
escort safely;
2
safeguard (n.)
a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.;
an insurance policy is a good safeguard
Synonyms: precaution / guard
safeguard (n.)
a document or escort providing safe passage through a region especially in time of war;
Synonyms: safe-conduct
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