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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
guard (noun)
1.
one assigned to protect or oversee another as
a) a person or a body of persons on sentinel duty
b) troops attached to the person of the sovereign
c) British - conductor
2.
a) a defensive state or attitude - asked him out when his guard was down
b) a defensive position (as in boxing)
3.
a) the act or duty of protecting or defending
b) the state of being protected - protection
4.
a protective or safety device , specifically a device for protecting a machine part or the operator of a machine
5.
archaic - precaution
6.
a) a position or player next to the center in a football line
b) a player stationed in the backcourt in basketball
guard (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to protect an edge of with an ornamental border
2.
a) to protect from danger especially by watchful attention make secure - police guarding our cities
b) to stand at the entrance of as if on guard or as a barrier
c) to tend to carefully - preserve protect guarded their privacy
3.
archaic - escort
4.
a) to watch over so as to prevent escape, disclosure, or indiscretion
intransitive verb
b) to attempt to prevent (an opponent) from playing effectively or scoring to watch by way of caution or defense stand guard defend
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
guard (noun)
1.
a person or group that watches over someone or something
SYNONIMS:
custodian, guardian, keeper, lookout, minder, picket, sentinel, sentry, warden, warder, watch, watcher, watchman
RELATED WORDS:
observer, patrol, spotter, surveillant, watchdog; bodyguard, convoy, defender, escort, honor guard; gatekeeper; hack []
guard (noun)
2.
a position of readiness to oppose actual or expected attack
SYNONIMS:
guard
RELATED WORDS:
alert, lookout, qui vive, watch
offensive
guard (noun)
3.
a protective device (as on a weapon) to prevent accidental operation
SYNONIMS:
guard
RELATED WORDS:
fail-safe; lock; defense, protection, safeguard, shield
guard (noun)
4.
means or method of defending
SYNONIMS:
aegis ( egis), ammunition, armor, buckler, cover, guard, protection, safeguard, screen, security, shield, wall, ward
RELATED WORDS:
arm, armament, munitions, weapon, weaponry; fastness, fort, fortress, palisade, stronghold
NEAR ANTONYMS:
aggression, assault, attack, offense ( offence), offensive
guard (noun)
5.
one that accompanies another for protection, guidance, or as a courtesy
SYNONIMS:
attendant, companion, guard, guide
RELATED WORDS:
chaperone ( chaperon), squire; shadow, sidekick; conductor, leader, pilot; convoy, courier, honor guard, outrider
guard (noun)
6.
someone that protects
SYNONIMS:
custodian, defender, guard, guardian, guardian angel, protection
RELATED WORDS:
bodyguard, champion; lookout, sentinel, sentry, warden, warder, watch, watchdog, watchman; conserver, harborer, keeper, preserver, saver
guard (verb)
1.
to drive danger or attack away from
SYNONIMS:
bulwark, cover, fence, fend, forfend, guard, keep, protect, safeguard, screen, secure, shield, ward
RELATED WORDS:
avert, prevent; oppose, resist, withstand; battle, contend, fight, war; conserve, preserve, save; buffer, palisade, picket, wall
NEAR ANTONYMS:
bombard, storm; beset, besiege, overrun; capitulate, cave, submit, yield
assail, assault, attack
guard (verb)
2.
to disallow entry into (a place) by means of a physical barrier at the entry point
SYNONIMS:
bar, barricade, blockade, block (off), guard, wall (off)
RELATED WORDS:
curtain (off), screen (off); dike, fence, gate, hedge; bolt, lock; obstruct
NEAR ANTONYMS:
reopen, unblock, unbolt
open, unbar
guard (verb)
to be cautious of or on guard against
SYNONIMS:
guard (against), look out (for), mind, ware, watch out (for)
RELATED WORDS:
attend, heed, mark, note, notice; behold, discern, observe, perceive, see, watch
NEAR ANTONYMS:
discount, disregard, ignore, miss, overlook
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