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

From Alfre Woodard’s heart-wrenching panel for Clemency, a drama about a prison guard overlooking inmates on death row, to Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp’s Abe cast party at the St. Regis. David Graver, Vogue, "Weekend One at Sundance: All the Celebrities Who Celebrated the Festival’s Daring Roster," 29 Jan. 2019 Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith were rock solid at left guard and right tackle, and linebacker Darius Leonard led the league in tackles with a franchise-record 163. Michael Marot, The Seattle Times, "Colts plan to build off foundation from historic turnaround," 13 Jan. 2019 Forget French Laundry, there's a new guard of dining destinations in Napa Valley where experimental dishes—all paired with local wine, of course—are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Eat and Drink in Napa Valley," 9 Jan. 2019 The reporters investigated the co-chairs’ ties to the Nation of Islam, finding evidence that Nation members acted as security guards and drivers for the co-chairs. Anna North, Vox, "The Women’s March changed the American left. Now anti-Semitism allegations threaten the group’s future.," 21 Dec. 2018 University of California at Berkeley police guard the building where Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos was to speak Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "UC-Berkeley police were told not to use student restrooms during Milo protest: officer," 18 Sep. 2018 How will the 33-year-old Yanda fare at right guard after sitting out the past 14 games because of a fractured left ankle? Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens 2018 position-by-position breakdown: offensive line," 13 July 2018 There should be good competition between Simon Stepaniak and Mackenzie Nworah at right guard, which also means more depth. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 5 burning questions facing IU football in 2018," 12 July 2018 Take an early look at newest Hawks guard Trae Young and fellow first-rounder Omari Spellman, as well as athletic big John Collins, who has made some big strides with his skill level. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Lottery Picks, Key Returners and Summer League Storylines to Watch," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Workers walk in two by two, wearing khaki pants, neon jackets and backpacks, some wrapped in scarves to guard against the cool desert air. Garance Burke And Martha Mendoza, The Seattle Times, "US waived FBI checks on staff at growing teen migrant camp," 28 Nov. 2018 Its researchers spent several months between the signal detection and the official announcement in February 2016 to double, triple, and quadruple check their analysis to guard against another false detection. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Danish physicists claim to cast doubt on detection of gravitational waves," 1 Nov. 2018 During the opening part of Saturday's round of 16 clash with France, Maradona was not shown on the international broadcast feed, perhaps to guard against any more controversial incident being shown. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Argentina legend Diego Maradona's behavior at the World Cup could be just for show," 30 June 2018 Many early Americans supported religious tests to guard against such a prospect. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, "Thomas Jefferson and the long history of defending Muslim rights," 26 June 2018 Law enforcement agencies have deployed vast networks to guard against terrorism and combat street crime. Rick Rojas, BostonGlobe.com, "Newark opens surveillance videos to public on Internet," 9 June 2018 Law enforcement agencies have deployed vast networks to guard against terrorism and combat street crime. New York Times, "In Newark, Police Cameras, and the Internet, Watch You," 9 June 2018 To guard against disease, mosquito abatement districts and muncipalities have begun to treat standing water to eliminate larvae and test mosquitoes for the West Nile virus, which can be spread to humans through the bug’s bite. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Let the swatting begin: Mosquito season kicks off after cool, wet spring," 25 May 2018 Aukey also added its own technology to guard against excessive current and over charging. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Aukey's 8-plug, 6-USB power strip eradicates cable clutter for $30 with this code," 10 May 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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