Definition of safeguard in English:

safeguard

noun

  • A measure taken to protect someone or something or to prevent something undesirable.

    ‘the charity called for tougher safeguards to protect Britain's remaining natural forests’
    • ‘For Ungaretti, this classical perspective would always be a safeguard against solipsism and aesthetic decadence.’
    • ‘The responsibility of parents can only be restricted under a court order, providing a safeguard against overzealous intervention by local authorities.’
    • ‘The new chief executive of the Yorkshire health trust which fiddled its waiting lists for years promised yesterday that new safeguards would prevent anything like it happening again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fayad has also introduced safeguards to prevent international aid money from being diverted from terrorists.’
    • ‘Here in the United States, are safeguards being taken to prevent privately owned planes from being used by terrorists to carry explosives or even biological weapons?’
    • ‘The framers of the law established safeguards to prevent unscrupulous partisans from using soldiers' votes to manipulate the outcome of elections.’
    • ‘Living in today's world we need safeguards and security measures in place to protect your company records and files.’
    • ‘Both organizations have threatened public protests if they feel the commission has not put proper safeguards in place to prevent election fraud.’
    • ‘It is knowing this about human nature that we set up safeguards to prevent us from being our worst.’
    • ‘There were safeguards in place to prevent children being given double doses of vaccines but there was always potential for occasional errors in a ‘complicated system’.’
    • ‘Accordingly, within your responsible service of alcohol policy you must develop safeguards to prevent the theft of your alcoholic beverage inventory.’
    • ‘The notion of checks and balances as a safeguard against tyranny is something that I think can have applicability all around the world.’
    • ‘Gilfillan says the engineers reports are just a precaution - a safeguard against an unknown future.’
    • ‘Consumers can boycott retail establishments that have poor safety records or that clearly lack safeguards to prevent violence.’
    • ‘Those delays may impel companies to build up precautionary inventories as a safeguard against distribution disruptions.’
    • ‘However, he is confident that the structured way that the skills are taught in Newry should act as a safeguard against bullying.’
    • ‘The fund, a reserve created as a safeguard against a sharp drop in oil prices, held $18.6 billion at the end of December.’
    • ‘Commission a study group to see if we can spin it as a safeguard against terrorism for citizens.’
    • ‘He said there could and should be safeguards to prevent anyone tampering with their computer code before and after voting.’
    protection, defence, guard, shelter, screen, buffer, preventive, precaution, prophylactic, provision, security, safety measure, surety, cover, insurance, indemnity
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Protect from harm or damage with an appropriate measure.

    ‘a framework which safeguards employees from exploitation’
    • ‘The commission's recommendations, if enacted, could prove critical to safeguarding the US.’
    • ‘And we have a different set of responsibilities for safeguarding American freedom.’
    • ‘In some cases the only effective way of safeguarding the employee would be to dismiss or demote him.’
    • ‘Die-hard Burnley fans have given the green light to the formation of a Supporters Trust aimed at safeguarding the club's future.’
    • ‘Thank goodness these upstanding countries are safeguarding human rights around the world.’
    • ‘Use professional literature and state and federal laws to ensure that any outsourcer is providing appropriate security measures to safeguard against theft or improper sharing of personal employee data.’
    • ‘When does safeguarding one's own position become a betrayal of the larger principles one lives for?’
    • ‘The welfare of the people is contingent upon preserving and safeguarding our national unity.’
    • ‘Beautiful areas of countryside in Wiltshire are to be safeguarded for future generations.’
    • ‘That suture is an unexpected and original way of safeguarding the novel's integrity.’
    • ‘Security is safeguarded by implementing a whole range of measures.’
    • ‘Well, several other countries in North Africa are making progress in safeguarding the rights of women.’
    • ‘This leads to higher prices, which is always resented by those consumers whose jobs are not safeguarded through protection.’
    • ‘Why is the US safeguarding some Kurds in Iraq while facilitating the slaughter of others?’
    • ‘He said he had planned to spend the money safeguarding his family's future but now intended to spend some of the cash funding a legal fight to clear his name.’
    • ‘Are you looking to safeguard against hackers?’
    • ‘The opinions and assistance of all who are interested in safeguarding the future of this unique rural facility are needed.’
    • ‘The minister saw our point and was quite enthusiastic about the idea provided the Government's financial situation was safeguarded.’
    • ‘We hope the CAA is taking other steps to ensure that future air shows are safeguarded from thoughtless aviators.’
    • ‘It's almost as if politicians care more about being re-elected than they do about safeguarding our future.’
    • ‘Studies have shown that using sunscreens that safeguard against UVB rays only lead consumers into a false sense of security.’
    protect, afford protection to, shield, screen, defend, guard, keep safe, shelter
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Origin

Late Middle English (denoting protection or safe conduct): from Old French sauve garde, from sauve ‘safe’ + garde ‘guard’. Compare with saggar.

Pronunciation

safeguard

/ˈseɪfɡɑːd/