guard

v. & n.
—v.
1 tr. (often foll. by from, against) watch over and defend or protect from harm.
2 tr. keep watch by (a door etc.) so as to control entry or exit.
3 tr. supervise (prisoners etc.) and prevent from escaping.
4 tr. provide (machinery) with a protective device.
5 tr. keep (thoughts or speech) in check.
6 tr. provide with safeguards.
7 intr. (foll. by against) take precautions.
8 tr. (in various games) protect (a piece, card, etc.) with set moves.
—n.
1 a state of vigilance or watchfulness.
2 a person who protects or keeps watch.
3 a body of soldiers etc. serving to protect a place or person; an escort.
4 US a prison warder.
5 a part of an army detached for some purpose (advance guard).
6 (in pl.) (usu. Guards) any of various bodies of troops nominally employed to guard a monarch.
7 a thing that protects or defends.
8 (often in comb.) a device fitted to a machine, vehicle, weapon, etc., to prevent injury or accident to the user (fire-guard).
9 Brit. an official who rides with and is in general charge of a train.
10 in some sports: a a protective or defensive player. b a defensive posture or motion.
Phrases and idioms:
be on (or keep or stand) guard (of a sentry etc.) keep watch. guard cell Bot. either of a pair of cells surrounding the stomata in plants. guard-rail a rail, e.g. a handrail, fitted as a support or to prevent an accident. guard ring Electronics a ring-shaped electrode used to limit the extent of an electric field, esp. in a capacitor. guard's van Brit. a coach or compartment occupied by a guard. lower one's guard reduce vigilance against attack. off (or off one's) guard unprepared for some surprise or difficulty. on (or on one's) guard prepared for all contingencies; vigilant. raise one's guard become vigilant against attack.
Derivatives:
guarder n. guardless adj.
Etymology: ME f. OF garde, garder ult. f. WG, rel. to WARD n.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Guard — Guard, n. [OF. guarde, F. garde; of German origin; cf. OHG. wart, warto, one who watches, warta a watching, Goth. wardja watchman. See {Guard}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who, or that which, guards from injury, danger, exposure, or attack;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • guard — or middle guard [gärd] vt. [LME garde < the n.] 1. to keep safe from harm; watch over and protect; defend; shield 2. to watch over; specif., a) to keep from escape or trouble b) to hold in check; control; restrain c) Sports to keep (an… …   English World dictionary

  • guard — Ⅰ. guard UK US /gɑːd/ noun [C] ► WORKPLACE a piece of equipment that protects the user of a machine from being injured by a sharp or dangerous part on the machine: »Make sure that the safety guard is in position before using the cutting machine.… …   Financial and business terms

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  • Guard — (g[aum]rd), v. i. To watch by way of caution or defense; to be cautious; to be in a state or position of defense or safety; as, careful persons guard against mistakes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • guard´ed|ly — guard|ed «GAHR dihd», adjective. 1. kept safe; carefully watched over; defended; protected. SYNONYM(S): watched. 2. careful; prudent; cautious: »“Maybe” was his guarded answer to my question …   Useful english dictionary

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