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From Middle French sauvegarde, from Old French salve garde, sauve garde, reconstructed as safe + guard.


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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.
    • Granville
      Thy sword, the safeguard of thy brother's throne.
  3. A safe-conduct or passport, especially in time of war.
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safeguard ‎(third-person singular simple present safeguards, present participle safeguarding, simple 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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