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Meaning & Definition of Guard in English

English

Guard

/gɑrd/

noun

1. A person who keeps watch over something or someone

    synonym:
  • guard

2. The person who plays that position on a football team

  • "The left guard was injured on the play"
    synonym:
  • guard

3. A device designed to prevent injury or accidents

    synonym:
  • guard
  • ,
  • safety
  • ,
  • safety device

4. A posture of defence in boxing or fencing

  • "Keep your guard up"
    synonym:
  • guard

5. The person who plays the position of guard on a basketball team

    synonym:
  • guard

6. A military unit serving to protect some place or person

    synonym:
  • guard

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"
    synonym:
  • precaution
  • ,
  • safeguard
  • ,
  • guard

8. The duty of serving as a sentry

  • "He was on guard that night"
    synonym:
  • guard duty
  • ,
  • guard
  • ,
  • sentry duty
  • ,
  • sentry go

9. (american football) a position on the line of scrimmage

  • "Guards must be good blockers"
    synonym:
  • guard

10. A position on a basketball team

    synonym:
  • guard

verb

1. To keep watch over

  • "There would be men guarding the horses"
    synonym:
  • guard

2. Watch over or shield from danger or harm

  • Protect
  • "Guard my possessions while i'm away"
    synonym:
  • guard
  • ,
  • ward

3. Protect against a challenge or attack

  • "Hold that position behind the trees!"
  • "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
    synonym:
  • defend
  • ,
  • guard
  • ,
  • hold

4. Take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence

  • "Guard against becoming too friendly with the staff"
  • "Guard against infection"
    synonym:
  • guard

Examples of using

When two armies oppose one another, those who can fight should fight, those who can't fight should guard, those who can't guard should flee, those who can't flee should surrender, and those who can't surrender should die.
Accidents will happen when we are off guard.
We should guard against traffic accidents.