[ gahrd ]
/ gɑrd /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to take precautions (usually followed by against): to guard against errors.
to give protection; keep watch; be watchful.


Nearby words

  1. guaranteed stock,
  2. guarantor,
  3. guaranty,
  4. guaraní,
  5. guarapuava,
  6. guard band,
  7. guard cell,
  8. guard dog,
  9. guard duty,
  10. guard hair


Origin of guard

1375–1425; late Middle English garde guardianship < Old French g(u)arde, noun derivative of g(u)arder (v.) < Germanic; see ward

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See defend. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for guard


/ (ɡɑːd) /



Derived Formsguardable, adjectiveguarder, nounguardless, adjectiveguardlike, adjective

Word Origin for guard

C15: from Old French garde, from garder to protect, of Germanic origin; compare Spanish guardar; see ward

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Word Origin and History for guard
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Idioms and Phrases with guard


see off guard; stand guard.

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