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

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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

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Pederson said the Eagles will remain guarded, but there does not appear to be reason for concern. Zach Berman,, "Carson Wentz’s status, Eagles who have stood out, Joe Douglas’ future | Early Birds," 5 June 2019 That has led to intense interest in the university’s closely guarded admissions process. Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times, "Harvard Rated Asian-American Applicants Lower on Personality Traits, Suit Says," 15 June 2018 Migrants have recently turned to Bosnia to avoid more heavy guarded routes and borders in other Balkan countries. Fox News, "Bosnia says it will stop illegal migrant entry amid increase," 17 May 2018 In this way, autonomous shuttles have become something of a self-driving trojan horse: an unexpected way to bring self-driving tech into the most guarded cities. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "To Bring on the Robocars, Scientists Must Understand How Humans Ride," 5 June 2018 In their less guarded moments, officials in charge of this country’s disaster programs have begun to acknowledge the previously unthinkable: Sometimes the only effective way to protect people from climate change is to give up. Christopher Flavelle,, "America’s Last-Ditch Climate Strategy of Retreat Isn’t Going So Well," 2 May 2018 There’s a lot about this that seems suspect, right up to and including the very idea that someone would leak the plot of what is one of the most guarded movies in production right now on Reddit. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "Cantina Talk: Life After Solo May or May Not Include a Lando Movie," 21 May 2018 After years of inaction, the city is finally giving us cause for a guarded sense of optimism. Mike Newall,, "The city's heroin encampment plan is a proving ground for how we move forward | Mike Newall," 2 May 2018 Ride a bike: Cyclists will have free, guarded bike parking available on Village Place (off Park Boulevard, south of the San Diego Zoo) and in front of the Museum of Man. Carolina Gusman,, "Earth Day: Learn how to do the world some good at EarthFair 2018," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of guarded

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of guarded

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


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

Kids Definition of guarded

: cautious a guarded answer

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