Definition of safeguard in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsāfˌɡärd/


A measure taken to protect someone or something or to prevent something undesirable: there were multiple safeguards to prevent the accidental release of a virus
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  • What we would want are safeguards to prevent insurance companies getting access to the data and using it to make people pay more for their health insurance.
  • Those delays may impel companies to build up precautionary inventories as a safeguard against distribution disruptions.
  • Gilfillan says the engineers reports are just a precaution - a safeguard against an unknown future.
protection, defense, guard, screen, buffer, preventive, precaution, provision, security;
surety, cover, insurance, indemnity


[with object]
Protect from harm or damage with an appropriate measure: low interest rates are offering the opportunity to safeguard their financial futures
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  • This leads to higher prices, which is always resented by those consumers whose jobs are not safeguarded through protection.
  • The welfare of the people is contingent upon preserving and safeguarding our national unity.
  • The minister saw our point and was quite enthusiastic about the idea provided the Government's financial situation was safeguarded.


Late Middle English (denoting protection or a safe conduct): from Old French sauve garde, from sauve 'safe' + garde 'guard'. Compare with sagger.

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Syllabification: safe·guard

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