Safeguard vs Guarantee - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between safeguard and guarantee

is that safeguard is something that serves as a guard or protection; a defense while guarantee is anything that assures a certain outcome.

As verbs the difference between safeguard and guarantee

is that safeguard is to protect, to keep safe while guarantee is to assure that something will get done right.

safeguard

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • Something that serves as a guard or protection; a defense.
  • Getting a flu shot is a good safeguard against illness.
  • One who, or that which, defends or protects; defence; protection.
  • * Granville
  • Thy sword, the safeguard of thy brother's throne.
  • A safe-conduct or passport, especially in time of war.
  • (Shakespeare)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • to protect, to keep safe
  • She kept a savings to safeguard against debt and emergencies.
  • to escort safely
  • guarantee

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Anything that assures a certain outcome.
  • Can you give me a guarantee that he will be fit for the match?
  • A written declaration that a certain product will be fit for a purpose and work correctly.
  • The cooker comes with a 5-year guarantee .
  • A person who gives such a guarantee; a guarantor.
  • (South)
  • The person to whom a guarantee is made.
  • Verb

    (d)
  • To assure that something will get done right.
  • To assume responsibility for a debt.
  • To make something certain.
  • The long sunny days guarantee a good crop.

    Synonyms

    * assure * warrant