[ 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

guard·ed·ly, adverbguard·ed·ness, nounself-guard·ed, adjectivewell-guard·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for guardedly


/ (ˈɡɑːdɪd) /


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

Derived Forms

guardedly, adverbguardedness, noun
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Medicine definitions for guardedly



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