guarded

adjective
guard·​ed | \ ˈgär-dəd How to pronounce guarded (audio) \

Definition of guarded

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

Other Words from guarded

guardedly adverb
guardedness noun

Examples of guarded in a Sentence

a guarded man who knew better than to reveal such delicate information
Recent Examples on the Web But both the move’s timing and less guarded rhetoric belie that story. Robert Schlesinger, The New Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 In the 90s and the 200s if felt a little more guarded. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 The sisters seemed more guarded and less invested, and the series became a show about Scott Disick, Kourtney’s ex-partner, and Khloé pulling pranks on Jenner. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 10 Mar. 2022 The Toebbes, accused by the U.S. government of trying to sell some of America’s most closely guarded submarine propulsion secrets to a foreign government, are scheduled to appear in federal court in West Virginia on Tuesday. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Oct. 2021 The Toebbes, accused by the U.S. government of trying to sell some of America’s most closely guarded submarine propulsion secrets to a foreign government, are scheduled to appear in federal court in West Virginia on Tuesday. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Oct. 2021 In New England, meanwhile, players are a bit guarded with their remarks. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Nov. 2021 The Toebbes, accused by the U.S. government of trying to sell some of America’s most closely guarded submarine propulsion secrets to a foreign government, are scheduled to appear in federal court in West Virginia on Tuesday. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Oct. 2021 The Toebbes, accused by the U.S. government of trying to sell some of America’s most closely guarded submarine propulsion secrets to a foreign government, are scheduled to appear in federal court in West Virginia on Tuesday. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of guarded

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 May 2022

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“Guarded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guarded. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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guarded

adjective
guard·​ed | \ ˈgär-dəd How to pronounce guarded (audio) \

Kids Definition of guarded

: cautious a guarded answer

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