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[gahr-did] /ˈgɑr dɪd/
cautious; careful; prudent:
to be guarded in one's speech.
protected, watched, or restrained, as by a guard.
Origin of guarded
1500-10; guard + -ed2
Related forms
guardedly, adverb
guardedness, noun
self-guarded, adjective
well-guarded, adjective
1. wary, watchful, chary, circumspect, vigilant. Unabridged
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  • For two or three days, sometimes even for five, the queen's lament will be heard, the fierce challenge to her well-guarded rivals.

    The Children's Life of the Bee Maurice Maeterlinck
  • "You must be sure that you are well-guarded," said Mrs. Knapp.

    Blindfolded Earle Ashley Walcott
  • From its eastern angles projected two long curtain walls, which enclosed a roomy and well-guarded "kraal" for cattle and horses.

  • Send a well-guarded, placating embassy to him and to Cotubanama.

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • She earned three dollars every week there, and Peter added her wages to his well-guarded store.

  • Cautiously, and in well-guarded phrase, Blount stated his case.

  • She was very well dressed, evidently a well-guarded young thing from one of the summer colonies.

    The Butterfly House Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • High walls were they and well-guarded, and at their foot was a deep moat which was rosy with lotus flowers all the seventh month.

    Japanese Fairy Tales Grace James
  • For only real persons ever penetrated that well-guarded cubby-hole off the noisy city room.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for well-guarded


adjective (well guarded when postpositive)
having sufficient protection from danger or harm
kept private or out of the public eye: well-guarded secrets


protected or kept under surveillance
prudent, restrained, or noncommittal: a guarded reply
Derived Forms
guardedly, adverb
guardedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for well-guarded



c.1500, past participle adjective from guard (v.). Meaning "reserved and cautious in speech, behavior, etc." is from 1728. Related: Guardedly; guardedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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well-guarded in Medicine

guarded adj.
Watched over; supervised, as of the condition of a patient.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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