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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
    informalkeep one's eyes peeled/skinned for
  • noun

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  • 1 they were caught by border guards
    scout, lookout, watch;
  • 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
    unprepared, unready, inattentive, unwary, unwatchful, with one's defences down, by surprise, cold, unsuspecting
    informalnapping, asleep on the job, asleep at the wheel, on the hop

    on one's guard

    police are urging horse owners to be on their guard
    [Antonyms] inattentive
    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, wideawake, attentive, observant, keeping one's eyes peeled
    informalall ears, beady-eyed, on the ball, not missing a trick, keeping a weather eye on things, cagey, leery

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