Definition of guarded in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡärdəd/


1Cautious and having possible reservations: he has given a guarded welcome to the idea
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  • The question took him by surprise, and his eyes grew guarded and cautious, his own grip tightening as well.
  • In the light of all this, Paul probably would wonder about the times that we live our faith in guarded or cautious ways.
  • There, though, the problems raised are only touched upon in a guarded fashion, with careful reservations and with a noticeable reluctance to arrive at a positive resolution.
cautious, careful, circumspect, wary, chary, on one's guard, reluctant, reticent, noncommittal, restrained, reserved
informal buttoned-up, cagey
1.1(Of a person’s medical condition) serious and of uncertain outcome: the surviving crewman was in stable but guarded condition
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  • One child was in guarded condition and the rest of the injured were stable, it said.
  • She is currently suffering from encephalitis and is listed in stable but guarded condition.



Pronunciation: /ˈɡärdədlē/
Example sentences
  • This means that there will be major upheavals at the level of the constituency and I use the word upheaval guardedly, because there are several constituencies that will no longer exist.
  • Without denying the range of challenges that face all political parties - from left to right - which seek to engage the public actively in issues of government and governance, the conclusion of the conference was guardedly optimistic.
  • We expect this to continue into the next quarter and, barring any about turns in the world economy, we remain guardedly optimistic for the remainder of the year.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡärdədnəs/
Example sentences
  • The degree of guardedness rises proportionally to how much I like the person; in essence, the closer I would like to be to you the less I will tell you about anything.
  • It justifies her guardedness, and the audience is thus able to be protective of and sensitive to her.
  • Yet he knows such things are fickle and there's a weary guardedness about him.

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Syllabification: guard·ed

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