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British English: /ɡɑːd/
American English: /ɡɑrd/

Translation of guard in French:


  • 4 (watchfulness) to drop ou relax ou lower one's guard
    baisser la garde
    to catch somebody off guard
    prendre quelqu'un au dépourvu
    to be on one's guard
    être sur ses gardes
    to be on one's guard against something
    se méfier de quelque chose
    to be on one's guard against something happening
    veiller à ce que quelque chose n'arrive pas
  • 5 (group of soldiers, police etc) to transport something under an armed guard
    transporter quelque chose sous escorte armée
  • 7 (for safety) (on printer)
    (on industrial machinery) carter (m) de protection
  • 8 (British English) (in names of regiments) the Scots Guards
    la garde écossaise
    the Coldstream Guard
    le régiment de Coldstream

transitive verb

  • 1 (protect)
    surveiller (place, object)
    protéger (person, reputation)
    a dog guards the house
    un chien garde la maison
    the house/border is heavily guarded
    la maison/la frontière est sous haute surveillance
    to guard something with one's life
    protéger quelque chose au péril de sa vie
    to guard one's tongue [figurative]
    surveiller sa langue
  • 2 (prevent from escaping)
    surveiller (prisoner)
    to be closely guarded
    être surveillé de près


the old guard

Phrasal verbs

guard against

guard against [something]
se prémunir contre (abuses, cheating, failure)
to guard against doing something
prendre garde à ne pas faire quelque chose
to guard against something happening
veiller à ce que quelque chose n'arrive pas

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