Definition of safeguard verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

safeguard

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈseɪfɡɑːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈseɪfɡɑːrd//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they safeguard
BrE BrE//ˈseɪfɡɑːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈseɪfɡɑːrd//
 
he / she / it safeguards
BrE BrE//ˈseɪfɡɑːdz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈseɪfɡɑːrdz//
 
past simple safeguarded
BrE BrE//ˈseɪfɡɑːdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈseɪfɡɑːrdɪd//
 
past participle safeguarded
BrE BrE//ˈseɪfɡɑːdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈseɪfɡɑːrdɪd//
 
-ing form safeguarding
BrE BrE//ˈseɪfɡɑːdɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈseɪfɡɑːrdɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] (formal) to protect something/somebody from loss, harm or damage; to keep something/somebody safe safeguard something to safeguard a person’s interests to safeguard jobs safeguard something/somebody against/from something The new card will safeguard the company against fraud. safeguard against something The leaflet explains how to safeguard against dangers in the home. Word Origin late Middle English (denoting protection or safe conduct): from Old French sauve garde, from sauve ‘safe’ + garde ‘guard’.Extra examples This legislation does not adequately safeguard the rights of consumers. Try to safeguard the young plants from frost. We must take steps to safeguard our environment against these threats. It is hoped that the order will safeguard jobs at the plant.
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