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guards

noun
plural of guard

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a person or group that watches over someone or something
  • 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
  • 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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guards

verb
present tense third-person singular of guard

Synonyms & Antonyms of guards (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to drive danger or attack away from
  • guard the quarterback so he doesn't get sacked

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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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“Guards.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/guards. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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