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noun guard pronunciation in British English /ɡɑː(r)d/
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  1. 1
    [countable] someone whose job is to look after a place or person so that no one causes damage, steals anything, or escapes

    a prison guard

    armed guard:

    There was an armed guard on duty outside his door.

    post a guard:

    The captain posted two guards at the gate.

    1. a.
      [singular] a group of guards who are working together
      change/relieve the guard:

      The guard was due to be relieved at six o’clock.

  2. 2
    [singular] a unit of soldiers or police officers, especially one that has a particular job

    members of the Presidential guard

    1. a.

      Guards

      [plural] used in the names of some units in an army, especially the British army

      a captain in the Scots Guards

    2. b.

      Guard

      [countable] Irish informal an officer in the Irish police force
  3. 3
    [countable] something that helps to stop something bad from happening
    guard against:

    We kept the landmines as a guard against invasion from the North.

  4. 4
    [countable] British old-fashioned someone on a train whose job is to check tickets, announce the stations, and look after the passengers. The American word is conductor.
  5. 5
    [countable] something that covers a dangerous part of a machine
    1. a.
      something that you wear to protect a part of your body, for example when playing a sport

      a mouth guard

    2. b.
      the way that boxers stand with their hands in front of their face, to protect themselves from an opponent
      put up your guard(s):

      They put their guards up and began circling each other.

  6. 6
    [countable] in basketball, one of two players who are responsible for moving the ball around the court in order to create opportunities for their team to score

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