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Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

guard /ɡɑːd/ vb
  1. to watch over or shield (a person or thing) from danger or harm; protect
  2. to keep watch over (a prisoner or other potentially dangerous person or thing), as to prevent escape
  3. (transitive) to control: to guard one's tongue
  4. (intransitive) usually followed by against: to take precautions
  5. to control entrance and exit through (a gate, door, etc)
  6. (transitive) to provide (machinery, etc) with a device to protect the operator
  7. (transitive) to protect or cover (a chess man or card) with another
  8. to protect or cover (a stone or bowl) by placing one's own stone or bowl between it and another player
  1. a person or group who keeps a protecting, supervising, or restraining watch or control over people, such as prisoners, things, etc
    Related adjective(s): custodial
  2. a person or group of people, such as soldiers, who form a ceremonial escort
  3. Brit the official in charge of a train
  4. the act or duty of protecting, restraining, or supervising
  5. (as modifier): guard duty
  6. a device, part, or attachment on an object, such as a weapon or machine tool, designed to protect the user against injury, as on the hilt of a sword or the trigger of a firearm
  7. anything that provides or is intended to provide protection: a guard against infection
  8. an article of light tough material worn to protect any of various parts of the body
  9. the posture of defence or readiness in fencing, boxing, cricket, etc
  10. off one's guardhaving one's defences down; unprepared
  11. on one's guardprepared to face danger, difficulties, etc
  12. stand guard(of a military sentry, etc) to keep watch
  13. mount guard(of a sentry) to begin to keep watch
  14. (with over) to take up a protective or defensive stance (over something)
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French garde, from garder to protect, of Germanic origin; compare Spanish guardar; see ward

ˈguarder n

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