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 On a rare note of guarded optimism, Merkel said Tuesday that a ‘‘practical solution’’ could still be found for the Irish border issue. Danica Kirka,, "UK, EU harden their positions on Brexit as G-7 nears," 20 Aug. 2019 As Abel, Alejandro Guevarez makes the guarded man compelling. Matthew J. Palm,, "’Fade’ intriguingly but unevenly explores economic status, loyalty and race | Review," 6 Sep. 2019 The exact size and nature of the agency’s presence in Afghanistan are closely guarded secrets, and details about the militia groups the C.I.A. advises are also murky. New York Times, "Trump Administration Officials at Odds Over C.I.A.’s Role in Afghanistan," 2 Sep. 2019 Throughout his investigation, Lionel unravels closely guarded secrets that hold the fate of the entire city in the balance. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Edward Norton Attempts to Solve Mentor's Murder in 'Motherless Brooklyn' Trailer," 22 Aug. 2019 Jury deliberations are closely guarded secrets, of course, and any speculation prior to a verdict is just that. Megan Cassidy,, "Ghost Ship jurors request key testimony in second week of deliberations," 14 Aug. 2019 Toulouse reportedly offered his troops an extra payment of gold dinars to venture close to the guarded walls under cover of darkness and fill in part of the ditch. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archeologists confirm near-legendary tale of crusaders’ siege of Jerusalem," 24 July 2019 David remains in guarded condition in the surgical intensive care unit following his second surgery., "Tiffany Ortiz gives update on husband David Ortiz’s condition," 13 June 2019 This is an insular and guarded world, even more so when threatened by outsiders determined to see the worst. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "As horses keep dying on the track, the industry is left to answer impossible questions," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of guarded

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Sep 2019

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The first known use of guarded was in 1709

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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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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