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Synonyms of guard in English:


  • 1 infantry guarded the barricaded bridge
    protect, stand guard over, watch over, keep an eye on;
    cover, patrol, police, defend, shield, safeguard, keep safe, secure
  • 2 the prisoners were guarded by armed men
    keep under surveillance, keep under guard, keep watch over, surveil, mind
  • 3 forest wardens must guard against poachers
    beware of, keep watch for, be alert to, keep an eye out for, be on the lookout for, be on the alert for
  • noun

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  • 1 border guards
    protector, defender, guardian;
    lookout, watch;
  • 2 her prison guard
    warden, warder, keeper;
    informal screw
    archaic turnkey
  • 3 he let his guard slip and they escaped
    vigilance, vigil, watch, surveillance, watchfulness, caution, heed, attention, care, wariness
  • 4 a metal guard
    safety guard, safety device, protective device, shield, screen, fender;
    bumper, buffer
  • Phrases

    off (one's) guard
    the explosion from the furnace room caught everyone off guard
    unprepared, unready, inattentive, unwary, with one's defenses down, cold, unsuspecting
    informal napping, asleep at the wheel
    on one's guard
    homeowners should be on their guard
    vigilant, alert, on the alert, wary, watchful, cautious, careful, heedful, chary, circumspect, on the lookout, on the qui vive, on one's toes, prepared, ready, wide awake, attentive, observant, keeping one's eyes peeled
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