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English noun: guard

1. guard (person) a person who keeps watch over something or someone

Broader (hypernym)defender, guardian, protector, shielder

Narrower (hyponym)bouncer, chucker-out, door guard, doorkeeper, doorman, gatekeeper, halberdier, hall porter, ostiary, porter, screener, security guard, watcher, watchman

2. guard (person) the person who plays that position on a football team

SamplesThe left guard was injured on the play.

Broader (hypernym)lineman

3. guard (artifact) a device designed to prevent injury or accidents

Synonymssafety, safety device

Broader (hypernym)device

Narrower (hyponym)fender, safety catch, safety lock

4. guard (attribute) a posture of defence in boxing or fencing

SamplesKeep your guard up.

Broader (hypernym)attitude, position, posture

5. guard (person) the person who plays the position of guard on a basketball team

Broader (hypernym)basketball player, basketeer, cager

Instance hyponymOscar Palmer Robertson, Oscar Robertson, Robertson

6. guard (group) a military unit serving to protect some place or person

Broader (hypernym)force, military force, military group, military unit

Narrower (hyponym)bodyguard, home guard, territorial, territorial reserve

Member holonymbodyguard, escort

7. guard (act) a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc.

SamplesHe put an ice pack on the injury as a precaution.
An insurance policy is a good safeguard.
We let our guard down.

Synonymsprecaution, safeguard

Broader (hypernym)measure, step

Narrower (hyponym)backstop, security, security measures

8. guard (act) the duty of serving as a sentry

SamplesHe was on guard that night.

Synonymsguard duty, sentry duty, sentry go

Broader (hypernym)assignment, duty assignment

9. guard (act) (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage

SamplesGuards must be good blockers.

Broader (hypernym)lineman

Member meronymeleven, football team

10. guard (act) a position on a basketball team

Broader (hypernym)position

Member meronymbasketball team, five

English verb: guard

1. guard (social) to keep watch over

SamplesThere would be men guarding the horses.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)follow, keep an eye on, observe, watch, watch over

Narrower (hyponym)baby-sit, baby-sit, keep guard, patrol, police, sit, stand guard, stand sentinel, stand watch

2. guard (competition) watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect

SamplesGuard my possessions while I'm away.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)protect

Narrower (hyponym)shepherd

3. guard (competition) protect against a challenge or attack

SamplesHold that position behind the trees!.
Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks.

Synonymsdefend, hold

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)protect

Verb grouphold

4. guard (social) take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence

SamplesGuard against becoming too friendly with the staff.
Guard against infection.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)act, move

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