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
    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

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    pass, passport

    any authorization to pass or go somewhere

  3. verb

    make safe

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    protect, secure

    shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage

  4. verb

    escort safely

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    accompany as an escort

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