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A person assigned to keep watch, protect, or control access to a place or person
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“The guard assigned to the U.S. ambassador shot at the assailants, and after a brief gun battle, the assassins were overcome.”
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A prison officer or warder
“Thus, a few years ago, it was held to be unconstitutional for a prison guard to hit an inmate.”
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An object or device that provides safety or protection
“The guard also prevents damage if the car bottoms-out over ruts or dips in the road.”
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The act of saving or protecting something, or a means to do so
“Consolidation of offices through a 20-year lease will ensure a guard against inflation and escalating rental rates.”
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A state of vigilance or watchfulness against adverse circumstances
“Pensioners in Colchester were today told to keep their guard up after bogus callers struck twice.”
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A (heightened) state of being ready to defend oneself
“You are at all times to be on your guard against any attempt at mutiny among them, taking precautions to prevent any surprise.”
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The part of a sword that protects the wielder's hand
“Supple leather and enchanted cloths surrounded the sword's hilt, while tiny gemstones and ornate etchings of dragons and phoenixes lined the sword's guard.”
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One who is holding a captive or captives
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A splasher (cover to prevent splashes)
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A barrier, railing, or other upright structure, typically of wood or wire, enclosing an area of ground to prevent or control access or escape
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An expedition to keep watch over an area, especially by guards or police walking or driving around at regular intervals
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The protective care or guardianship of someone or something
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Lookout duty
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Soft, thick material used to line garments or pack fragile items, especially cotton wool formed into a fleecy layer
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A guard, typically made of straps or wire, fitted over an animal's muzzle to stop it biting or feeding
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A person who serves in an army
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A device consisting of a circular canopy of cloth on a folding metal frame supported by a central rod, used as protection against rain
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A person or thing that contrasts with and so emphasizes and enhances the qualities of another
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The action of overseeing something
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A rigid casing that encloses and protects a piece of moving or delicate equipment
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An organized body of military personnel or police
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To protect or defend someone or something
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“On the pretext that the statue was about to be attacked, soldiers were posted to guard the edifice.”
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To prevent entry into a secure area or structure
“With the lobster there to guard the entrance from intruders, the eel can live quite comfortably.”
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To accompany so as to keep safe from harm or danger
“Tell me what happened last week, when you were meant to guard the Queen on her secret trip.”
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To surveil or watch over (someone)
“His duty was to guard the captive and to keep an eye generally on the state of the camp.”
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To be wary of or alert to (something)
“We must guard against the possibility of other bodies offering us gifts with certain conditions which may, in fact, encroach upon the integrity and the independence of the system.”
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To hide or suppress something
“When we can properly guard this secret, our duty will be accomplished.”
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(care for) To look after
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To keep watch over (an area) by regularly walking or travelling around it
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Enclose or separate an area with a fence
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To act in preparation for something
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To appreciate or value highly
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Wrap up, cover, or surround completely
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Show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified
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Soften the effect of an impact on
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To prepare oneself for something that may eventuate
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