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

Idioms

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 guards (1 of 2)

Guards

/ (ɡɑːdz) /

pl n

  1. (esp in European armies) any of various regiments responsible for ceremonial duties and, formerly, the protection of the head of statethe Life Guards; the Grenadier Guards
  2. (as modifier)a Guards regiment

British Dictionary definitions for guards (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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Idioms and Phrases with guards

guard


see off guard; stand guard.

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