Synonyms of guard in English:



  • 1 the infantry guarded the barricaded bridge
    protect, stand guard over, watch over, look after, keep an eye on, take care of, cover, patrol, police, defend, shield, safeguard, preserve, save, keep safe, secure, screen, shelter; fortify, garrison, barricade; man, occupy
  • 2 the prisoners were guarded by armed men
    keep under surveillance, keep under guard, keep watch over, mind, supervise, restrain, control
  • 3 the forest wardens have to guard against poachers
    beware of, keep watch for, be alert to, take care for, keep an eye out for, be on the alert for, be on the qui vive for, be on the lookout for
    informal keep one's eyes peeled/skinned for
  • noun

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  • 1 they were caught by border guards
    sentry, sentinel, security guard, nightwatchman; protector, defender, guardian, custodian, keeper; scout, lookout, watch; garrison
    informal bouncer
    archaic watchman
  • 2 she slipped easily past her prison guard
  • 3 he let his guard slip and they escaped
    vigilance, vigil, watch, close watch, monitoring, policing, surveillance, sentry duty; watchfulness, caution, heed, attention, care, wariness
  • 4 all machines must be fitted with a guard
    safety guard, safety device, protective device, shield, bulwark, screen, fence, fender, bumper, buffer, cushion, pad
  • Phrases

    off (one's) guard

    he was caught off guard when the man charged towards him
    [Antonyms] prepared
    unpreparedunreadyinattentiveunwaryunwatchfulwith one's defences downby surprisecoldunsuspecting informalnappingasleep on the jobasleep at the wheelon the hop

    on one's guard

    police are urging horse owners to be on their guard
    [Antonyms] inattentive
    vigilantalerton the alertwarywatchfulcautiouscarefulheedfulcharycircumspecton the lookouton the qui viveon one's toespreparedreadywideawakeattentiveobservantkeeping one's eyes peeled informalall earsbeady-eyedon the ballnot missing a trickkeeping a weather eye on thingscageyleery rareregardfulArgus-eyed

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