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guarded

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adjective guard·ed \ˈgär-dəd\

Simple Definition of guarded

  • : very careful about giving information, showing feelings, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of guarded

  1. 1 :  cautious, circumspect

  2. 2 :  being an extremely serious condition with uncertain outcome <was in guarded condition after the crash>

guardedly

adverb

guardedness

noun

Examples of guarded in a sentence

  1. <a guarded man who knew better than to reveal such delicate information>



1709

First Known Use of guarded

1709


GUARDED Defined for Kids

guarded

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adjective guard·ed \ˈgär-dəd\

Definition of guarded for Students

  1. :  cautious <a guarded answer>





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