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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Two had been considered in critical or guarded condition but were upgraded to stable as of Monday, Dr. Emily Nichols, the city medical director said. Washington Post, "Police: ‘Feud’ led to mass French Quarter shooting," 2 Dec. 2019 After months of relying on his now-$500 million advertising buy, spending $200 million on his campaign at-large in January alone, his decision to become less guarded and protected by his aides comes as polls tighten in Super Tuesday states. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden's South Carolina resurgence punctures Bloomberg's case for the presidency," 29 Feb. 2020 The players’ side features a more guarded sense of optimism. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "What we know about where things stand with the NFL CBA negotiations," 20 Feb. 2020 The amount of time SFPD officers are spending on hospital watch is rooted in the closure in 2016 of the hospital’s centralized, guarded ward, following the completion of a new hospital and trauma center. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "S.F. cops spending thousands of hours on hospital watch instead of out on streets," 23 Jan. 2020 Saudi Aramco employs a number of U.S. citizens, some of whom live in guarded compounds near the site. Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, "Yemen’s Houthi rebels launch drone strikes on large Saudi oil processing site," 14 Sep. 2019 Saudi Aramco employs a number of U.S. citizens, some of whom live in guarded compounds in the kingdom near the site. NBC News, "Drone attacks at world's largest oil processing site, oil field in Saudi Arabia spark huge fires," 14 Sep. 2019 His somewhat guarded personality soon takes over to push back any potential tears and get back to a discussion of what turned out to be Respawn’s most expansive year. Los Angeles Times, "From ‘Titanfall’ to ‘Star Wars,’ the evolution of game studio Respawn mirrors our search for story," 2 Jan. 2020 Two had been considered in critical or guarded condition but were upgraded to stable as of Monday, Dr. Emily Nichols, the city medical director said. BostonGlobe.com, "NEW ORLEANS — Some type of personal feud is believed to have sparked the weekend shooting that left 10 people injured at the edge of New Orleans’ historic French Quarter, police chief Shaun Ferguson said Monday.," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of guarded

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of guarded was in 1709

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11 May 2020

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“Guarded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guarded. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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guarded

adjective
How to pronounce guarded (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of guarded

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

guarded

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

Kids Definition of guarded

: cautious a guarded answer

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