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Definition of "guard" [guard]

  • To protect from harm by or as if by watching over: guard a bank; guarding the President. See Synonyms at defend. (verb-transitive)
  • To watch over so as to prevent escape or violence: guarded the prisoner. (verb-transitive)
  • Sports To keep (an opposing player) from scoring or playing efficiently. (verb-transitive)
  • To maintain control over, as to prevent indiscretion: Guard what you say. (verb-transitive)
  • To supervise entry or exit through; keep watch at: guarded the door. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "guard" in a sentence
  • "_ H. - So. supposes hēafod-weard, _a guard of honor_, such as sovereigns or presumptive rulers had, to be meant by hafalan hȳdan; hence, _you need not give me any guard_, etc.Cf. Schmid, _Gesetze der A. _, 370-372. l."
  • "_ H. - So. supposes heáfod-weard, _a guard of honor_, such as sovereigns or presumptive rulers had, to be meant by hafalan hýdan; hence, _you need not give me any guard_, etc.Cf. Schmid, _Gesetze der A. _, 370-372. l."
  • "The Strel'tsy were divided in three establishments: a) the grooms [Stremiannye], who represented the guard of the sovereign [Strasza Gossudaria], b) the Moscow Strel'tsy, c) the frontier Strel'tsy, or frontier guard…."