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Definition of Guard


  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.
  2. To keep watch over, in order to prevent escape or restrain from acts of violence, or the like.
  3. To protect the edge of, esp. with an ornamental border; hence, to face or ornament with lists, laces, etc.
  4. To fasten by binding; to gird.
  5. To watch by way of caution or defense; to be caution; to be in a state or position of defense or safety; as, careful persons guard against mistakes.
  6. One who, or that which, guards from injury, danger, exposure, or attack; defense; protection.
  7. A man, or body of men, stationed to protect or control a person or position; a watch; a sentinel.
  8. One who has charge of a mail coach or a railway train; a conductor.
  9. Any fixture or attachment designed to protect or secure against injury, soiling, or defacement, theft or loss
  10. That part of a sword hilt which protects the hand.
  11. Ornamental lace or hem protecting the edge of a garment.
  12. A chain or cord for fastening a watch to one's person or dress.
  13. A fence or rail to prevent falling from the deck of a vessel.
  14. An extension of the deck of a vessel beyond the hull; esp., in side-wheel steam vessels, the framework of strong timbers, which curves out on each side beyond the paddle wheel, and protects it and the shaft against collision.
  15. A plate of metal, beneath the stock, or the lock frame, of a gun or pistol, having a loop, called a bow, to protect the trigger.
  16. An interleaved strip at the back, as in a scrap book, to guard against its breaking when filled.
  17. A posture of defense in fencing, and in bayonet and saber exercise.
  18. An expression or admission intended to secure against objections or censure.
  19. Watch; heed; care; attention; as, to keep guard.
  20. The fibrous sheath which covers the phragmacone of the Belemnites.

Guard Quotations

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
Marcus Aurelius

A British porch is a musty, forbidding non-room in which to fling a sodden umbrella or a muddy pair of boots; a guard against the elements and strangers. By contrast the good ol' American front porch seems to stand for positivity and openness; a platform from which to welcome or wave farewell; a place where things of significance could happen.
Dan Stevens

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
Thomas Paine

Those who served, and those who continue to serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard took an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, and we can never forget the importance of their commitment to our Nation.
Robin Hayes

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Guard Translations

guard in Afrikaans is kondukteur
guard in Dutch is bewaren, bewaken, de wacht hebben
guard in Finnish is vartioida
guard in Italian is proteggere, caporale, sorvegliare, bigliettaio
guard in Latin is tutela, praesidium presidium
guard in Portuguese is protetor, condutor
guard in Spanish is guardar, amparar, guarda, cobrador, vigilar
guard in Swedish is akta, skydd, patrull, bevaka, vakt
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