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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
guard /gɑrd/USA pronunciation
[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.
- [~ + object] to keep safe from harm or danger;
protect:The dog guarded the house when no one was home.
- [~ + object] to keep under close watch, as in order to prevent escape:The police officers guarded the prisoner.
- [~ + object] to keep under control as a matter of caution:to guard one's temper.
- [~ + object] to keep secret; protect or hide:guarded the secrets of his business.
- to provide or equip with some safeguard or protection: [~ + object]This ingredient guards your teeth against decay.[~ + against]The mouthwash guards against bad breath.
- Sport[~ ( + against) + object] to position oneself in some sport so as to obstruct or impede the movement or progress of (an opponent on offense).
- [~ + against] to provide means of protection:The computer program should guard against errors.
- [countable] either of the football linemen stationed between a tackle and the center, or either of the basketball players stationed in the backcourt.
British Terms[countable][Brit.]a railway conductor.
- [uncountable] the position played by this player:He played guard.
guard•er, n. [countable]
- Idiomsoff (one's) guard, unprepared; unwary:caught off guard.
- Idiomson (one's) guard, watching;
- Idiomsstand guard over, [~ + object] to watch over;
protect:stood guard over their wounded comrade.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
guard /ɡɑːd/ vb
- to watch over or shield (a person or thing) from danger or harm; protect
- to keep watch over (a prisoner or other potentially dangerous person or thing), as to prevent escape
- (transitive) to control: to guard one's tongue
- (intransitive) usually followed by against: to take precautions
- to control entrance and exit through (a gate, door, etc)
- (transitive) to provide (machinery, etc) with a device to protect the operator
- (transitive) to protect or cover (a chess man or card) with another
- to protect or cover (a stone or bowl) by placing one's own stone or bowl between it and another player
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French garde, from garder to protect, of Germanic origin; compare Spanish guardar; see wardˈguarder n
- 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
- a person or group of people, such as soldiers, who form a ceremonial escort
- Brit the official in charge of a train
- the act or duty of protecting, restraining, or supervising
- (as modifier): guard duty
- 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
- anything that provides or is intended to provide protection: a guard against infection
- an article of light tough material worn to protect any of various parts of the body
- the posture of defence or readiness in fencing, boxing, cricket, etc
- off one's guard ⇒ having one's defences down; unprepared
- on one's guard ⇒ prepared to face danger, difficulties, etc
- stand guard ⇒ (of a military sentry, etc) to keep watch
- mount guard ⇒ (of a sentry) to begin to keep watch
- (with over) to take up a protective or defensive stance (over something)