guard
I. noun Etymology: Middle English garde, from Anglo-French garde, guarde, warde, from garder, guarder, warder, to guard, defend, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German wartēn to watch, take care — more at ward Date: 15th century 1. one assigned to protect or oversee another: as a. a person or a body of persons on sentinel duty b. plural troops attached to the person of the sovereign c. British conductor b 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 II. verb Date: 1500 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 b. to attempt to prevent (an opponent) from playing effectively or scoring intransitive verb to watch by way of caution or defense ; stand guard Synonyms: see defendguarder noun

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  • Guard — Guard, n. [OF. guarde, F. garde; of German origin; cf. OHG. wart, warto, one who watches, warta a watching, Goth. wardja watchman. See {Guard}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who, or that which, guards from injury, danger, exposure, or attack;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Guard — may refer to:Professional occupations* Bodyguard, who protects an individual from personal assault * Crossing guard, who stops traffic so pedestrians can cross the street * Prison guard, who supervises prisoners in a prison or jail * Security… …   Wikipedia

  • guard — or middle guard [gärd] vt. [LME garde < the n.] 1. to keep safe from harm; watch over and protect; defend; shield 2. to watch over; specif., a) to keep from escape or trouble b) to hold in check; control; restrain c) Sports to keep (an… …   English World dictionary

  • guard — Ⅰ. guard UK US /gɑːd/ noun [C] ► WORKPLACE a piece of equipment that protects the user of a machine from being injured by a sharp or dangerous part on the machine: »Make sure that the safety guard is in position before using the cutting machine.… …   Financial and business terms

  • guard — ► VERB 1) watch over in order to protect or control. 2) (guard against) take precautions against. ► NOUN 1) a person, especially a soldier, who guards or keeps watch. 2) (treated as sing. or pl. ) a body of soldiers guarding a place or person. 3) …   English terms dictionary

  • Guard — /ɡaːɐt/ (engl., zu deutsch Verteidiger oder Schutz(vorrichtung) ) steht für: Point Guard und Shooting Guard, zwei Positionen im Basketball die zusammen den Backcourt bilden Enforcer, eine Position im Eishockey eine Position im American Football… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • guard — GUARD, guarzi, s.m. (Ieşit din uz) Soldat sau, p. ext., ofiţer, agent însărcinat cu paza. – Din it. guardia. Trimis de gall, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  guard s. m., pl. guarzi Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  GUARD s …   Dicționar Român

  • Guard — (g[aum]rd), v. i. To watch by way of caution or defense; to be cautious; to be in a state or position of defense or safety; as, careful persons guard against mistakes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • guard — [n1] protector bouncer*, chaperon, chaperone, chaser*, convoyer, custodian, defender, escort, guardian, lookout, picket, sentinel, sentry, shepherd, shield, ward, warden, watch, watchperson; concept 348 guard [n2] defense aegis, armament, armor,… …   New thesaurus

  • guard — I (guardian) noun bodyguard, custodian, defender, defense, keeper, monitor, palladium, panoply, peace officer, protector, security, sentinel, sentry, surveillance, ward, warden, watchman II (safeguard) noun palladium, protection, protector,… …   Law dictionary

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