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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
guard /gɑrd/USA pronunciation v. 
  1. [+ object] to keep safe from harm or danger;
    protect:The dog guarded the house when no one was home.
  2. [+ object] to keep under close watch, as in order to prevent escape:The police officers guarded the prisoner.
  3. [+ object] to keep under control as a matter of caution:to guard one's temper.
  4. [+ object] to keep secret; protect or hide:guarded the secrets of his business.
  5. to provide or equip with some safeguard or protection: [+ object]This ingredient guards your teeth against decay.[+ against]The mouthwash guards against bad breath.
  6. Sport[~ ( + against) + object] to position oneself in some sport so as to obstruct or impede the movement or progress of (an opponent on offense).
  7. [+ against] to provide means of protection:The computer program should guard against errors.

  • [countable] a person or group that guards, as one that keeps watch over prisoners or property.
  • [uncountable] an act of guarding; a close watch:under armed guard.
  • [countable] a device, appliance, or attachment that prevents or minimizes injury, loss, etc.:a guard for a goalie in hockey.
    • [countable] either of the football linemen stationed between a tackle and the center, or either of the basketball players stationed in the backcourt.
    • [uncountable] the position played by this player:He played guard.
  • British Terms[countable][Brit.]a railway conductor.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomsoff (one's) guard, unprepared; unwary:caught off guard.
    2. Idiomson (one's) guard, watching;
    3. Idiomsstand guard over, [+ object] to watch over;
      protect:stood guard over their wounded comrade.

    guard•er, n. [countable]

    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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