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Definition of guard verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    guard

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ɡɑrd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they guard
     
    he / she / it guards
     
    past simple guarded
     
    -ing form guarding
     
     
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  1. 1guard somebody/something to protect property, places, or people from attack or danger The dog was guarding the house. political leaders guarded by the police You can't get in; the whole place is guarded. (figurative) a closely guarded secret
  2. 2guard somebody to prevent prisoners from escaping The prisoners were guarded by soldiers.
  3. Phrasal Verbsguard against something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: guard