guarded

[ gahr-did ]
/ ˈgɑr dɪd /

adjective

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

guard·ed·ly, adverbguard·ed·ness, nounself-guard·ed, adjectivewell-guard·ed, adjective

Definition for guarded (2 of 2)

guard

[ 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.

noun

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for guarded (1 of 2)

guarded

/ (ˈɡɑːdɪd) /

adjective

protected or kept under surveillance
prudent, restrained, or noncommittala guarded reply

Derived Forms

guardedly, adverbguardedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for guarded (2 of 2)

guard

/ (ɡɑːd) /

verb

noun

Derived Forms

guardable, 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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Medicine definitions for guarded

guarded


adj.

Watched over; supervised, as of the condition of a patient.
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Idioms and Phrases with guarded

guard


see off guard; stand guard.

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