Definitions for guardgɑrd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to keep safe from harm or danger; protect; watch over.

  2. to keep under close watch in order to prevent escape, misconduct, etc.

  3. to keep under control as a matter of caution or prudence:

    to guard one's temper.

  4. to provide or equip with some safeguard or protective appliance, as to prevent loss, injury, etc.

  5. to position oneself in some sport so as to obstruct or impede the movement or progress of (an opponent on offense).

    Category: Sport

  6. to protect (a chess piece or a square) by placing a piece in a supportive or defensive position relative to it.

    Category: Checkers and Chess

  7. (v.i.)to take precautions (usu. fol. by against):

    to guard against errors.

  8. to give protection; keep watch.

  9. (n.)a person or group that guards, as one that keeps watch over prisoners or protects a place from disturbance, theft, etc.

  10. an act of guarding; a close watch, as over a prisoner or other person under restraint.

  11. a device, appliance, or attachment that prevents injury, loss, etc.

  12. something intended or serving to guard or protect; safeguard.

  13. a posture of defense or readiness, as in fencing, boxing, etc.

  14. either of the football linemen stationed between a tackle and the center. the position played by this lineman.

    Category: Sport

  15. either of the basketball players stationed in the backcourt.

    Category: Sport

  16. Brit. a railroad conductor.

    Category: British

  17. Guards,

    Category: Military

    Ref: household troops.

Idioms for guard:

  1. off (one's) guard,unprepared; unwary.

    Category: Idiom

  2. on (one's) guard,vigilant; wary.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of guard:

1375–1425; < OF g(u)arde < Gmc; see ward


Princeton's WordNet

  1. guard(noun)

    a person who keeps watch over something or someone

  2. guard(noun)

    the person who plays that position on a football team

    "the left guard was injured on the play"

  3. guard, safety, safety device(noun)

    a device designed to prevent injury or accidents

  4. guard(noun)

    a posture of defence in boxing or fencing

    "keep your guard up"

  5. guard(noun)

    the person who plays the position of guard on a basketball team

  6. guard(noun)

    a military unit serving to protect some place or person

  7. precaution, safeguard, guard(noun)

    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"

  8. guard duty, guard, sentry duty, sentry go(noun)

    the duty of serving as a sentry

    "he was on guard that night"

  9. guard(noun)

    (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage

    "guards must be good blockers"

  10. guard(verb)

    a position on a basketball team

  11. guard(verb)

    to keep watch over

    "there would be men guarding the horses"

  12. guard, ward(verb)

    watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect

    "guard my possessions while I'm away"

  13. defend, guard, hold(verb)

    protect against a challenge or attack

    "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"

  14. guard(verb)

    take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence

    "guard against becoming too friendly with the staff"; "guard against infection"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. guard(noun)ɑrd

    a soldier, police officer, etc. who keeps a person or place safe

    two guards at the gate; a border guard

  2. guardɑrd

    the act of protecting sb or sth or keeping sb from escaping

    the hours during which he was on guard

  3. guardɑrd

    being guarded

    the prisoner under guard

  4. guardɑrd

    paying attention because sth bad could happen

    Be on your guard against Internet fraud.

  5. guardɑrd

    not paying attention and vulnerable to sth bad happening

    He caught me off guard with his criticism.

  6. guard(verb)ɑrd

    to keep safe; = protect

    Two police officers guarded the door.; to guard a secret

  7. guardɑrd

    to stop from escaping

    He left the jail, guarded by two soldiers.


  1. guard(Noun)

    A person who, or thing that, protects or watches over something.

  2. guard(Noun)

    A squad responsible for protecting something.

    The president inspected the guard of honour.

  3. guard(Noun)

    A part of a machine which blocks access to dangerous parts.

    The motorcycle mechanic removed the damaged chain guard.

  4. guard(Noun)

    A panel of a car that encloses the wheel area, especially the front wheels.

  5. guard(Noun)

    A relatively short player, playing farther from the basket than a forward or center.

  6. guard(Noun)

    The position on the popping crease where a batsman makes a mark to align himself with the wicket; see take guard.

  7. guard(Noun)

    Either of two offensive positions between the center and each of the offensive tackles, whose main responsibilities are to protect the quarterback, and open up "holes" through which offensive players can run.

  8. guard(Noun)

    A player playing a position named guard.

  9. guard(Noun)

    An employee, normally travelling in the last vehicle of a train, responsible for the safety of the train.

  10. guard(Verb)

    To protect from some offence (specific or abstract.)

  11. Origin: For verb: From guarder, of origin, from *wardōn (from Proto-Germanic *wardo-), cognate with weardian (from which English to ward). Compare French garde.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Guard(noun)

    to protect from danger; to secure against surprise, attack, or injury; to keep in safety; to defend; to shelter; to shield from surprise or attack; to protect by attendance; to accompany for protection; to care for

  2. Guard(noun)

    to keep watch over, in order to prevent escape or restrain from acts of violence, or the like

  3. Guard(noun)

    to protect the edge of, esp. with an ornamental border; hence, to face or ornament with lists, laces, etc

  4. Guard(noun)

    to fasten by binding; to gird

  5. Guard(verb)

    to watch by way of caution or defense; to be caution; to be in a state or position of defense or safety; as, careful persons guard against mistakes

  6. Guard(verb)

    one who, or that which, guards from injury, danger, exposure, or attack; defense; protection

  7. Guard(verb)

    a man, or body of men, stationed to protect or control a person or position; a watch; a sentinel

  8. Guard(verb)

    one who has charge of a mail coach or a railway train; a conductor

  9. Guard(verb)

    any fixture or attachment designed to protect or secure against injury, soiling, or defacement, theft or loss

  10. Guard(verb)

    that part of a sword hilt which protects the hand

  11. Guard(verb)

    ornamental lace or hem protecting the edge of a garment

  12. Guard(verb)

    a chain or cord for fastening a watch to one's person or dress

  13. Guard(verb)

    a fence or rail to prevent falling from the deck of a vessel

  14. Guard(verb)

    an extension of the deck of a vessel beyond the hull; esp., in side-wheel steam vessels, the framework of strong timbers, which curves out on each side beyond the paddle wheel, and protects it and the shaft against collision

  15. Guard(verb)

    a plate of metal, beneath the stock, or the lock frame, of a gun or pistol, having a loop, called a bow, to protect the trigger

  16. Guard(verb)

    an interleaved strip at the back, as in a scrap book, to guard against its breaking when filled

  17. Guard(verb)

    a posture of defense in fencing, and in bayonet and saber exercise

  18. Guard(verb)

    an expression or admission intended to secure against objections or censure

  19. Guard(verb)

    watch; heed; care; attention; as, to keep guard

  20. Guard(verb)

    the fibrous sheath which covers the phragmacone of the Belemnites


  1. Guard

    In American and Canadian football, a guard is a player who lines up between the center and the tackles on the offensive line of a football team. The guard's job is to protect the quarterback from the incoming defensive line and linebackers during pass plays, as well as creating openings for the running backs to head through. Guards perform speed blocking and "pulling"—sprinting out in front of a running back in order to block for him. Guards are automatically considered ineligible receivers, so they cannot intentionally touch a forward pass, unless it is to recover a fumble or is first touched by a defender or eligible receiver. Right guards is the term for the guards on the right of the offensive line, while left guards are on the left side. Guards are to the right or left of the center.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. guard

    1. A form of security operation whose primary task is to protect the main force by fighting to gain time while also observing and reporting information, and to prevent enemy ground observation of and direct fire against the main body by reconnoitering, attacking, defending, and delaying. A guard force normally operates within the range of the main body

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'guard' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3848

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'guard' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4509

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'guard' in Nouns Frequency: #1128

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'guard' in Verbs Frequency: #896

Anagrams of guard

  1. Darug

Translations for guard

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


someone who or something which protects

a guard round the king; a guard in front of the fire.

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