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  1. [noun] a person who keeps watch over something or someone

  2. [noun] the person who plays that position on a football team; "the left guard was injured on the play"

  3. [noun] a device designed to prevent injury
    Synonyms: safety, safety device

  4. [noun] a posture of defence in boxing or fencing; "keep your guard up"

  5. [noun] the person who plays the position of guard on a basketball team

  6. [noun] a group of men who escort and protect some important person
    Synonyms: body

  7. [noun] 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"
    Synonyms: precaution, safe

  8. [noun] the duty of serving as a sentry; "he was on guard that night"
    Synonyms: duty, sentry duty, sentry go

  9. [noun] a position on the line of scrimmage; "guards must be good blockers"

  10. [noun] a position on a basketball team

  11. [verb] to keep watch over; "there would be men guarding the horses"

  12. [verb] watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect; "guard my possessions while I'm away"
    Synonyms: ward

  13. [verb] protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"
    Synonyms: defend, hold

  14. [verb] take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence; "guard against becoming too friendly with the staff"; "guard against infection"


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