safeguard (plural safeguards)

  1. Something that serves as a guard or protection; a defense.
    Getting a flu shot is a good safeguard against illness.
  2. One who, or that which, defends or protects; defence; protection.
    • Thy sword, the safeguard of thy brother's throne.
  3. A safe-conduct or passport, especially in time of war.
  4. (obsolete) The monitor lizard.
    • 1844, The Animal Kingdom
      The same idea is entertained of the Safeguard in America, as of the Monitor in Africa, and other parts of the Old World, […]
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safeguard (safeguards, present participle safeguarding; past and past participle safeguarded)

  1. To protect, to keep safe.
    She kept a savings to safeguard against debt and emergencies.
  2. To escort safely.

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