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guard

guard

 
 
pronunciation:
gard
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
off guard, on guard
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: guarded, guarding, guards
definition 1: to protect from danger or harm.
Security officers guarded the princess.A fierce dragon was said to guard the castle.
synonyms:
defend, preserve, protect, watch
similar words:
chaperon, convoy, cover, ensure, escort, mind, safeguard, save, secure, shelter, shield
definition 2: to keep watch over so as to prevent escape; keep in check; restrain.
The soldiers guarded the prisoners.You should guard your speech.
synonyms:
sentinel, watch
similar words:
confine, escort, patrol, restrain
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to take precautions (fol. by against).
The farmers in the valley need to guard against floods in the rainy season.
synonyms:
provide
similar words:
prepare, prevent
definition 2: to provide protection.
Waterproofing your basement will guard against water damage.
synonyms:
defend, protect
similar words:
cover, shield
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: one who watches out for danger or intrusion; one who protects.
The museum had guards at every exit.
 
synonyms:
defender, preserver, protector, shield, tutelary, watchdog
similar words:
chaperon, convoy, custodian, escort, keeper, protection, security, warden, watcher, watchman
definition 2: one who watches over (another) so as to prevent escape.
There are guards in the prison day and night.
synonyms:
escort, keeper, lookout, sentinel, surveillant, watchdog
similar words:
jailer, patrol, warden
definition 3: something used to prevent harm; safety device.
The goalie is putting on his shin guards.
synonyms:
defense, protector, shield
similar words:
buffer, bulwark, cover, protection, safeguard, safety, safety valve, screen, security
phrase: off guard
phrase: on guard
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