Guard Guard, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Guarded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gurding}.] [OF. guarder, garder, warder, F. garder, fr. OHG. wart?n to be on the watch, await, G. marten. See {Ward}, v. & n., and cf. {Guard}, n.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

For Heaven still guards the right. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To keep watch over, in order to prevent escape or restrain from acts of violence, or the like. [1913 Webster]

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

The body of your discourse is sometime guarded with fragments, and the guards are but slightly basted on neither. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To fasten by binding; to gird. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

Syn: To defend; protect; shield; keep; watch. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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