I. noun Etymology: Middle English saufgarde, from Anglo-French, from sauf safe + garde guard Date: 14th century 1. a. pass, safe-conduct b. convoy, escort 2. a. a precautionary measure, stipulation, or device b. a technical contrivance to prevent accident II. transitive verb Date: 15th century 1. to provide a safeguard for 2. to make safe ; protect Synonyms: see defend

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