Meaning of guard

Definition of guard

(noun) a person who keeps watch over something or someone
the person who plays that position on a football team; "the left guard was injured on the play"
a device designed to prevent injury or accidents
a posture of defence in boxing or fencing; "keep your guard up"
the person who plays the position of guard on a basketball team
a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.; "he put an ice pack on the injury as a precaution"; "an insurance policy is a good safeguard"; "we let our guard down"
the duty of serving as a sentry; "he was on guard that night"
(American football) a position on the line of scrimmage; "guards must be good blockers"
gigantic extinct terrestrial sloth-like mammal of the Pliocene and Pleistocene in America
(verb) watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect; "guard my possessions while I'm away"
protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence; "guard against becoming too friendly with the staff"; "guard against infection"

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