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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
First recorded in 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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  • "You must be sure that you are well-guarded," said Mrs. Knapp.

    Blindfolded Earle Ashley Walcott
  • Send a well-guarded, placating embassy to him and to Cotubanama.

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • Cautiously, and in well-guarded phrase, Blount stated his case.

  • 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
  • A safe boat given also by him who built the gratuitous ferry daily transports to the well-guarded shore.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • The Jewel House, a well-guarded room to the east of the Armouries, contains a valuable collection of state jewels.

  • On one side is the bank that hides such treasures in its mysterious and well-guarded cells.

    The London Pulpit J. Ewing Ritchie
  • But the nature of the powers for which Mr. Forster would ask, was a well-guarded secret.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • At those last words he became suddenly silent, as if for once his well-guarded tongue had betrayed him.

    Armadale Wilkie Collins
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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