Other forms: safeguards; safeguarding; safeguarded

A safeguard is a defense or precaution. You could describe a flu shot as a safeguard against getting sick, for example.

Safeguards protect against something negative, whether it's an attacking army invading a country or a boy you don't like much asking you to the prom. A store's security system is a safeguard against theft, and a secret password is a safeguard against your sister reading your email. You can use it as a verb too: "We clearly need to safeguard our Halloween candy so Mom and Dad don't steal it after we go to bed."

Definitions of safeguard
  1. noun
    a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.
    “an insurance policy is a good safeguard
    synonyms: guard, precaution
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    a precaution in case of an emergency
    security, security measures
    measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc.
    type of:
    measure, step
    any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal
  2. noun
    a document or escort providing safe passage through a region especially in time of war
    synonyms: safe-conduct
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    type of:
    pass, passport
    any authorization to pass or go somewhere
  3. verb
    make safe
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    type of:
    protect, secure
    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage
  4. verb
    escort safely
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    type of:
    accompany as an escort




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