a person or group that watches over someone or something <checked in with the security guard at the gate> Synonyms custodian
a position of readiness to oppose actual or expected attack <be on your guard against snakes in the swamp>
a protective device (as on a weapon) to prevent accidental operation <slid the guard into place over the chainsaw chain>
means or method of defending <the boxer's sparring partner managed to get a blow in under his left guard> Synonyms aegis
one that accompanies another for protection, guidance, or as a courtesy <the honor guards raised their sabers as the happy couple descended the church steps>
someone that protects <a battalion of burly guards surrounding the celebrity> Related Words bodyguard
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