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Definition of 'guard'

Noun

  1. a person who keeps watch over something or someone
  2. the person who plays that position on a football team; "the left guard was injured on the play"
  3. a device designed to prevent injury
       Synonyms: safety safety device
  4. a posture of defence in boxing or fencing; "keep your guard up"
  5. the person who plays the position of guard on a basketball team
  6. a group of men who escort and protect some important person
       Synonyms: bodyguard
  7. a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.; "he put an ice pack on the injury as a precaution"; "an insurance policy is a good safeguard"; "we let our guard down"
       Synonyms: precaution safeguard
  8. the duty of serving as a sentry; "he was on guard that night"
       Synonyms: guard duty sentry duty sentry go
  9. a position on the line of scrimmage; "guards must be good blockers"
  10. a position on a basketball team

Verb

  1. to keep watch over; "there would be men guarding the horses"
  2. watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect; "guard my possessions while I'm away"
       Synonyms: ward
  3. protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
       Synonyms: defend hold
  4. take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence; "guard against becoming too friendly with the staff"; "guard against infection"


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