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Dictionary Definition



1 a person who keeps watch over something or someone
2 the person who plays that position on a football team; "the left guard was injured on the play"
3 a device designed to prevent injury [syn: safety, safety device]
4 a posture of defence in boxing or fencing; "keep your guard up"
5 the person who plays the position of guard on a basketball team
6 a group of men who escort and protect some important person [syn: bodyguard]
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" [syn: precaution, safeguard]
8 the duty of serving as a sentry; "he was on guard that night" [syn: guard duty, sentry duty, sentry go]
9 a position on the line of scrimmage; "guards must be good blockers"
10 a position on a basketball team


1 to keep watch over; "there would be men guarding the horses"
2 watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect; "guard my possessions while I'm away" [syn: ward]
3 protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks" [syn: defend, hold]
4 take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence; "guard against becoming too friendly with the staff"; "guard against infection"

User Contributed Dictionary



From Old French ( > modern French garde), from Old Frankish *wardon (from Proto-Germanic *wardo-), cognate with Old English weard ( > English ward).




  1. a person who protects or watches over something
  2. A squad responsible for protecting something.
    The president inspected the guard of honour.
  3. a part of a machine which blocks access to dangerous parts
  4. (Aus) panel of a car which encloses the wheel area, especially the front wheels.
  5. In the context of "Basketball": A relatively short player, playing farther from the basket than a forward or center.
  6. The position on the popping crease where a batsman makes a mark to align himself with the wicket (see to take guard)
  7. The offensive positions between the center and each of the offensive tackles. The main responsibilities of the guard is to protect the quarterback, and open up "holes" through which offensive players can run. There are two guards on the field at once.
  8. A player playing a position named guard
  9. (railways) An employee who normally travels in the last vehicle of a train and is responsible for the safety of the train



Person who protects something
a group protecting something
  • Czech: stráž
  • Greek: φρουρά
Part of machine blocking dangerous parts
Panel of car enclosing the wheel
Player in sports in general
  • Slovene: branilec


  1. To protect from some offence (specific or abstract.)


Extensive Definition

Guard may refer to:

Professional occupations

Security and military

maindab List of army units called Guards



  • Guard (computing), a programming language expression that directs program execution
  • Guard (weapon), the handle of a sword
  • Guard dog, employed to watch for unwanted or unexpected animals or people
  • Guard interval, intervals in transmission, used in telecommunications
  • The Guard, a Canadian television series
  • In buildings, a "guard" can mean a barrier to stop people from falling off edges of raised walking surfaces.
guard in German: Garde
guard in Russian: Охрана
guard in Spanish: Seguridad
guard in French: Garde
guard in Japanese: ガード
guard in Dutch: Bewaker
guard in Slovenian: Garda
guard in Finnish: Vartija
guard in Swedish: Väktare
guard in Thai: การ์ด (ป้องกัน)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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