guard

noun
\ ˈgärd \

Definition of guard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one assigned to protect or oversee another: such as
a : a person or a body of persons on sentinel duty Guards were posted around the camp.
b guards plural : troops attached to the person of the sovereign
c British : conductor sense b
2a : a defensive state or attitude asked him out when his guard was down
b : a defensive position (as in boxing)
3a : the act or duty of protecting or defending
b : the state of being protected : protection
4 : a protective or safety device specifically : a device for protecting a machine part or the operator of a machine
5 archaic : precaution
6a : a position or player next to the center in a football line
b : a player stationed in the backcourt in basketball
off guard
: in an unprepared or unsuspecting state Her angry response caught me off guard.
on guard
: defensively watchful : alert is on guard against terrorists

guard

verb
guarded; guarding; guards

Definition of guard (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to protect an edge of with an ornamental border
2a : to protect from danger especially by watchful attention : make secure police guarding our cities
b : to stand at the entrance of as if on guard or as a barrier
c : to tend to carefully : preserve, protect guarded their privacy
3 archaic : escort
4a : to watch over so as to prevent escape, disclosure, or indiscretion guarded the prisoners.
b : to attempt to prevent (an opponent) from playing effectively or scoring

intransitive verb

: to watch by way of caution or defense : stand guard guard against mistakes

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Other Words from guard

Verb

guarder noun

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Verb

defend, protect, shield, guard, safeguard mean to keep secure from danger or against attack. defend denotes warding off actual or threatened attack. defend the country protect implies the use of something (such as a covering) as a bar to the admission or impact of what may attack or injure. a hard hat to protect your head shield suggests protective intervention in imminent danger or actual attack. shielded her eyes from the sun with her hand guard implies protecting with vigilance and force against expected danger. White House entrances are well guarded safeguard implies taking precautionary protective measures against merely possible danger. our civil liberties must be safeguarded

Examples of guard in a Sentence

Noun

There were dozens of police officers standing guard along the parade route. Tourists gather every day to watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. The guard must be in place before operating the meat slicer.

Verb

Two policemen were assigned to guard the prisoner. A tank guarded the bridge from enemy attack. A police officer was stationed outside to guard the door. They jealously guard their secrets. Her whereabouts are a tightly guarded secret.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Wing Nick Weiler-Babb had become a hybrid point guard in 2017-18 and Lindell Wigginton, a traditional lead guard, was expected to provide scoring. Luke Meredith, The Seattle Times, "Former UVA player Shayok flourishing for Iowa State," 7 Jan. 2019 The truly adventurous can take the longer option, which involves exploring the stalagmites at closer range, with water up to the waist, in knee guards and head lamps. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 Along with the settlement, several of the facility’s guards involved in the lawsuit vacated their positions. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "A Prison Guard Is Being Rehired After a Scandal Involving a Teen's Suicide Attempt," 18 Sep. 2018 The village’s guards earned a five star safety rating and were lauded for meeting and exceeding industry standards. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Sports calendar," 10 July 2018 Unbreakable tells the story of a security guard named David Dunn (Bruce Willis). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New TV spot for Glass will make you want to believe in super powers," 18 Nov. 2018 The shed, with views of the mountains, has guards to retain snow on the roof as insulation in the winter. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A Modern Second-Home Retreat for Seattle’s Tech Elite," 19 Sep. 2018 Just two destroyers on duty can protect most of the country, and until recently, two destroyers at sea were on guard at all times. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japanese Destroyer Just Shot Down a Simulated Ballistic Missile," 18 Sep. 2018 Immigration is an economic issue and it won't be solved by having more armed guards at the front door. Fox News, "Ken Starr: Impeachment is hell," 11 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The first of those shots is sure to show up on highlight reels, as Murray slipped and fell to the court trying to guard him before Harden stepped back for the basket. Kristie Rieken, The Seattle Times, "Harden, Capela help Rockets over Nuggets 125-113," 7 Jan. 2019 The film’s script is being closely guarded, but a 12-page synopsis is making the rounds. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Amid Firestorm, Anti-Abortion 'Roe v. Wade' Film Still Seeks Financing," 12 July 2018 Fans have long had their theories about what the upcoming season might include, but cast and crew from the series have kept the secrets of Hawkins closely guarded. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Confirmed a Season Three Premiere Date for "Stranger Things"," 1 Jan. 2019 In an age when celebrities carefully guard their words, her candor connects. Jessica Pressler, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Is the Unofficial Voice of Generation Fed Up," 1 Nov. 2018 The cargo airplane will be entering airspace that is guarded by several kinds of enemy anti aircraft systems along with communication jamming, sketchy people capturing video near the airfields, and blinding lasers aimed at cockpits. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The C-130J Super Hercules Is Ready for the Worst," 9 Oct. 2018 Whether your little one is playing, napping, or guarding the house, the jumbo-size plush will always come to the rescue. Stacia Affelt, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Holiday Gifts for Whatever Your Child Is Currently Obsessing Over," 16 Nov. 2018 Well, apparently no one was guarding Hot Dog over the summer, because he got kidnapped by the Ghoulies in the season premiere and that is NOT OK. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who Is Hot Dog? All About the Star of the "Riverdale" Premiere," 11 Oct. 2018 Thankfully, Amazon has a few best-selling gems that not only guard your face from harmful UV rays, but also help control oil, boost moisture, and create a matte finish for your makeup, too. Maria Cassano, Allure, "The Best-Selling Face Sunscreens on Amazon for Summer 2018," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of guard

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1500, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for guard

Noun and Verb

Middle English garde, from Anglo-French garde, guarde, warde, from garder, guarder, warder, to guard, defend, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German wartēn to watch, take care — more at ward

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guard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of guard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a state in which someone is carefully looking for possible danger, threats, problems, etc.

: a person whose job or duty is to watch and protect someone or something

: a group of people (such as soldiers) who protect a person or place

guard

verb

English Language Learners Definition of guard (Entry 2 of 2)

: to watch (someone) in order to prevent escape

: to protect (someone or something) from danger or attack

: to be careful about not telling or talking about (something, such as a secret)

guard

noun
\ ˈgärd \

Kids Definition of guard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person or a body of persons that guards against injury or danger the palace guard
2 : the act or duty of keeping watch An officer stood guard outside.
3 : a device giving protection a mouth guard

guard

verb
guarded; guarding

Kids Definition of guard (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to protect from danger : defend
2 : to watch over so as to prevent escape guard a prisoner
3 : to keep careful watch for in order to prevent I try to guard against mistakes.

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