guarded

[ gahr-did ]
/ ˈgɑr dɪd /
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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
SYNONYMS FOR guarded
Related formsguard·ed·ly, adverbguard·ed·ness, nounself-guard·ed, adjectivewell-guard·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for well-guarded (1 of 2)

well-guarded


adjective (well guarded when postpositive)

having sufficient protection from danger or harm
kept private or out of the public eyewell-guarded secrets

British Dictionary definitions for well-guarded (2 of 2)

guarded

/ (ˈɡɑːdɪd) /

adjective

protected or kept under surveillance
prudent, restrained, or noncommittala guarded reply
Derived Formsguardedly, adverbguardedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for well-guarded

guarded


adj.

c.1500, past participle adjective from guard (v.). Meaning "reserved and cautious in speech, behavior, etc." is from 1728. Related: Guardedly; guardedness.

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Medicine definitions for well-guarded

guarded


adj.

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