Guard - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡɑːrd|  American pronunciation of the word guard
Brit.  |ɡɑːd|  British pronunciation of the word guard


- a person who keeps watch over something or someone
- the person who plays that position on a football team
- a device designed to prevent injury or accidents (syn: safety)
- a posture of defence in boxing or fencing
- the person who plays the position of guard on a basketball team
- a military unit serving to protect some place or person
- a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.(syn: precaution, safeguard)

▼ (3)


- to keep watch over
- watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect(syn: ward)
- protect against a challenge or attack (syn: defend, hold)
- take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence


There were dozens of police officers standing guard along the parade route.

Tourists gather every day to watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

The guard must be in place before operating the meat slicer.

Two policemen were assigned to guard the prisoner.

A tank guarded the bridge from enemy attack.

A police officer was stationed outside to guard the door.

They jealously guard their secrets.

Her whereabouts are a tightly guarded secret.

He marched under the guard of the soldiers.

They slipped past the palace guard.

Take care in your writing to guard against typical mistakes.

There were two security guards on duty outside the building.

We were stopped by border guards.

Armed guards were posted by the exit.

The prison guards were reasonably friendly.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: guard
he/she/it: guards
present participle: guarding
past tense: guarded
past participle: guarded
singular: guard
plural: guards
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