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guard

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1 a person or group that watches over someone or something
  • I checked in with the security guard at the gate.
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2 a position of readiness to oppose actual or expected attack
  • Be on your guard against snakes in the swamp.
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3 a protective device (as on a weapon) to prevent accidental operation
  • I slid the guard into place over the chainsaw chain.
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4 means or method of defending
  • The boxer's sparring partner managed to get a blow in under his left guard.
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5 one that accompanies another for protection, guidance, or as a courtesy
  • The honor guards raised their sabers as the happy couple descended the church steps.
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6 someone that protects
  • a battalion of burly guards surrounding the celebrity
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guard

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1 to drive danger or attack away from
  • Their job is to guard the quarterback so he doesn't get sacked.
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stand up for

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2 to disallow entry into (a place) by means of a physical barrier at the entry point
  • A fire-breathing dragon guarded the entrance to the castle.
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defend, protect, shield, guard, safeguard mean to keep secure from danger or against attack. defend denotes warding off actual or threatened attack.
    • defend the country
protect implies the use of something (such as a covering) as a bar to the admission or impact of what may attack or injure.
    • a hard hat to protect your head
shield suggests protective intervention in imminent danger or actual attack.
    • shielded her eyes from the sun with her hand
guard implies protecting with vigilance and force against expected danger.
    • White House entrances are well guarded
safeguard implies taking precautionary protective measures against merely possible danger.
    • our civil liberties must be safeguarded


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