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Something that provides protection against attack, loss, or injury, as:
a. A precautionary measure: The doctor prescribed antibiotics as a safeguard against infection.
b. A mechanical device designed to prevent accidents or injury.
c. A protective stipulation, as in a contract.
d. A safe-conduct.
tr.v. safe·guard·ed, safe·guard·ing, safe·guards
To ensure the safety or integrity of; protect or preserve: a strategy to safeguard the country from attack; investments that can help safeguard one's savings. See Synonyms at defend.


1. a person or thing that ensures protection against danger, damage, injury, etc
2. a document authorizing safe-conduct
(tr) to defend or protect



1. something that serves as a protection or defense.
2. a permit for safe passage.
3. a guard or convoy.
4. a mechanical device for ensuring safety.
5. to guard; protect; secure.
[1325–75; Middle English savegarde (n.) safe conduct < Middle French salvegarde, sauvegarde. See safe, guard]


 of porters: company of porters, 1486.


Past participle: safeguarded
Gerund: safeguarding

I safeguard
you safeguard
he/she/it safeguards
we safeguard
you safeguard
they safeguard
I safeguarded
you safeguarded
he/she/it safeguarded
we safeguarded
you safeguarded
they safeguarded
Present Continuous
I am safeguarding
you are safeguarding
he/she/it is safeguarding
we are safeguarding
you are safeguarding
they are safeguarding
Present Perfect
I have safeguarded
you have safeguarded
he/she/it has safeguarded
we have safeguarded
you have safeguarded
they have safeguarded
Past Continuous
I was safeguarding
you were safeguarding
he/she/it was safeguarding
we were safeguarding
you were safeguarding
they were safeguarding
Past Perfect
I had safeguarded
you had safeguarded
he/she/it had safeguarded
we had safeguarded
you had safeguarded
they had safeguarded
I will safeguard
you will safeguard
he/she/it will safeguard
we will safeguard
you will safeguard
they will safeguard
Future Perfect
I will have safeguarded
you will have safeguarded
he/she/it will have safeguarded
we will have safeguarded
you will have safeguarded
they will have safeguarded
Future Continuous
I will be safeguarding
you will be safeguarding
he/she/it will be safeguarding
we will be safeguarding
you will be safeguarding
they will be safeguarding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been safeguarding
you have been safeguarding
he/she/it has been safeguarding
we have been safeguarding
you have been safeguarding
they have been safeguarding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been safeguarding
you will have been safeguarding
he/she/it will have been safeguarding
we will have been safeguarding
you will have been safeguarding
they will have been safeguarding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been safeguarding
you had been safeguarding
he/she/it had been safeguarding
we had been safeguarding
you had been safeguarding
they had been safeguarding
I would safeguard
you would safeguard
he/she/it would safeguard
we would safeguard
you would safeguard
they would safeguard
Past Conditional
I would have safeguarded
you would have safeguarded
he/she/it would have safeguarded
we would have safeguarded
you would have safeguarded
they would have safeguarded
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.safeguard - a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.safeguard - a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.; "he put an ice pack on the injury as a precaution"; "an insurance policy is a good safeguard"; "we let our guard down"
measure, step - any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal; "the situation called for strong measures"; "the police took steps to reduce crime"
backstop - a precaution in case of an emergency; "he acted as a backstop in case anything went wrong"
security measures, security - measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc.; "military security has been stepped up since the recent uprising"
2.safeguard - a document or escort providing safe passage through a region especially in time of war
passport, pass - any authorization to pass or go somewhere; "the pass to visit had a strict time limit"
Verb1.safeguard - make safe
protect - shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage; "Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"
2.safeguard - escort safely
escort - accompany as an escort; "She asked her older brother to escort her to the ball"


1. protect, guard, defend, save, screen, secure, preserve, look after, shield, watch over, keep safe international action to safeguard the ozone layer
1. protection, security, defence, guard, shield, armour, aegis, bulwark, surety A system like ours lacks adequate safeguards for civil liberties.


The act or a means of defending:
To keep safe from danger, attack, or harm:
Archaic: fend.
حَرَس، وِقايَهيَحْمي، يَحْرُس
vernd, öryggisráîstöfunvernda
güvencegüvenlik önlemikorumak


A. Nresguardo m
as a safeguard againstcomo defensa contra ...
B. VTproteger, resguardar


vt [+ rights, interests] → sauvegarder, protéger; [+ people, troops] → protégersafe harbour (British) safe harbor (US) n (= refuge) → refuge msafe haven nrefuge msafe house n (for criminal, spy, victim)lieu m sûr


1. nsalvaguardia
2. vtsalvaguardare


(seif) adjective
1. (negative unsafe) protected, or free (from danger etc). The children are safe from danger in the garden.
2. providing good protection. You should keep your money in a safe place.
3. unharmed. The missing child has been found safe and well.
4. not likely to cause harm. These pills are safe for children.
5. (of a person) reliable. a safe driver; He's a very fast driver but he's safe enough.
ˈsafeness noun
ˈsafely adverb
without harm or risk. He got home safely.
ˈsafety noun
the state of being safe. I worry about the children's safety on these busy roads; a place of safety; (also adjective) safety goggles; safety helmet.
ˈsafeguard noun
anything that gives security or protection. a safeguard against burglary.
to protect. Put a good lock on your door to safeguard your property.
ˈsafety-belt noun
a fixed belt in a car or aircraft used to keep a passenger from being thrown out of the seat in an accident, crash etc.
safety lamp
a type of lamp used in mines that does not set fire to any inflammable gases there.
ˈsafety measures noun plural
They took safety measures to prevent another accident
ˈsafety-pin noun
a pin that has a cover over its point when it is closed.
safety valve
a valve eg on a pressure cooker that opens if the pressure of the steam in it becomes too great.
be on the safe side
to avoid risk or danger. I'll lock the door just to be on the safe side.
safe and sound
unharmed. He returned safe and sound.
References in classic literature ?
Without removing the safeguards form his ears, the master of song complied, and together they pursued their way toward what David was sometimes wont to call the "tents of the Philistines.
Thanks to these safeguards, not a shadow of suspicion followed them when they returned to England.
Again, in any law upon this subject, ought not all the safeguards of liberty known in civilized and humane jurisprudence to be introduced, so that a free man be not, in any case, surrendered as a slave?
I could not get away from men: their voices came through windows; locked doors were flimsy safeguards.
No man can escape this vitiating effect of an offence against his own sentiment of right, and the effect was the stronger in Arthur because of that very need of self-respect which, while his conscience was still at ease, was one of his best safeguards.
But the riches of Judge Temple have given him too many safeguards, to leave room for fear in this house.
And love which elevates us above all safeguards, above restraining principles, above all littlenesses of self-possession, yet keeps its feet always firmly on earth, remains marvellously practical in its suggestions.
Colonel Morris, the officer in charge, was a short, active man with a grim and leathery face, but a lively and humorous eye--a contradiction borne out by his conduct, for he at once derided the safeguards and yet insisted on them.
But the Professor was fenced round with safeguards so cunningly devised that, do what I would, it seemed impossible to get evidence which would convict in a court of law.
Nay," said Friar Tuck piously, "ye do think of profane things and of nought else; yet, truly, there be better safeguards against care and woe than ale drinking and bright eyes, to wit, fasting and meditation.
Doubtless, it is part of the ideal of the Anglican Church that, under certain safeguards, it should find room for latitudinarians even among its clergy.
The safeguards of virtue are hateful to those with evil intentions.

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