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shield

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

means or method of defending
  • the slightly built boy used his sharp wit as a shield against the school's bullies

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shield

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of shield (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to drive danger or attack away from
  • celebrities who are shielded by a cluster of bodyguards whenever they appear in public

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2 to place a protective layer over
  • she shielded her eyes from the sun with her hand

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How is the word shield different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of shield are defend, guard, protect, and safeguard. While all these words mean "to keep secure from danger or against attack," shield suggests protective intervention in imminent danger or actual attack.

shielded her eyes from the sun with her hand

When might defend be a better fit than shield?

Although the words defend and shield have much in common, defend denotes warding off actual or threatened attack.

defend the country

When is it sensible to use guard instead of shield?

The words guard and shield can be used in similar contexts, but guard implies protecting with vigilance and force against expected danger.

White House entrances are well guarded

When would protect be a good substitute for shield?

The words protect and shield are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, 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

When could safeguard be used to replace shield?

While the synonyms safeguard and shield are close in meaning, safeguard implies taking precautionary protective measures against merely possible danger.

our civil liberties must be safeguarded

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The first known use of shield was before the 12th century

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“Shield.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/shield. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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