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verb [transitive] American English pronunciation: guard /ɡɑrd/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyguard
he/she/itguards
present participleguarding
past tenseguarded
past participleguarded
  1. 1
    to watch a place carefully to protect someone from attack, to prevent something from being stolen, or to prevent someone from escaping

    There were two soldiers guarding the main gate.

    The palace entrance is guarded around the clock.

    heavily guarded:

    the heavily guarded office of the President

  2. 2
    to protect someone or something from something dangerous or unpleasant

    The male fish guards the eggs.

    guard something/someone from something:

    the trees that guarded the farm from the wind

  3. 3
    if you guard information, you do not tell it to anyone

    They have been guarding the details of their research.

    closely/jealously guard something:

    The recipe is a closely guarded secret.

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