un·​guard ˌən-ˈgärd How to pronounce unguard (audio)
unguarded; unguarding; unguards

transitive verb

: to leave unprotected

Examples of unguard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart were the only two Boston players whose accuracy was noticeably off when unguarded. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Oct. 2019 When the goose honks, kids with glasses run away in fear; gardeners turn their heads, leaving their precious tools unguarded; and old men playing ring toss lose their focus, leaving you a window to foil their good time. Nick Romano, EW.com, 24 Sep. 2019 Chinonso’s image is like that: heartbreakingly unguarded even when lashed by the whirlwind of existence. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2019 The wing is very efficient at shaking free from his defender and scoring in the half court; per Synergy Sports, Huerter was unguarded on nearly 50 percent of his catch-and-shoot attempts (and the majority of those were from beyond the arc). 20. Matthew Giles, chicagotribune.com, 19 June 2018 At the same time, more communities are leaving beaches unguarded. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, 11 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile on our side, head of housekeeping Aldrich (Ulrich Thomsen) forces Howard Prime out of hiding by leaving his comatose wife, Emily (Olivia Williams), unguarded at the hospital. Ron Gilmer, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Apr. 2018 Now Trump has promised to finish the job with a much larger wall — nearly twice the height of the current fence, made of concrete, and occupying much of the remaining 1,300 miles of southern border unguarded by a physical barrier. T. Christian Miller, Propublica, Kiah Collier and Julian Aguilar, star-telegram, 14 Dec. 2017

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Word History


back-formation from unguarded

First Known Use

1745, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unguard was in 1745

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“Unguard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unguard. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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