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Definition 1: a position on a basketball team - [noun denoting act]

(guard is a kind of ...) (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player

"what position does he play?"

(... is a member of guard) a team that plays basketball

Definition 2: the duty of serving as a sentry - [noun denoting act]

Samples where guard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was on guard that night

Synonyms for guard in the sense of this definition

(guard is a kind of ...) a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces)

"hazardous duty"

Definition 3: (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage - [noun denoting act]

Samples where guard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • guards must be good blockers

(guard is a kind of ...) (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed on the line of scrimmage

(... is a member of guard) a team that plays football

Definition 4: a precautionary measure warding off impending danger or damage or injury etc. - [noun denoting act]

Samples where guard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he put an ice pack on the injury as a precaution
  • an insurance policy is a good safeguard
  • we let our guard down

Synonyms for guard in the sense of this definition

(guard is a kind of ...) any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal

"the situation called for strong measures" "the police took steps to reduce crime"

(... is a kind of guard ) a precaution in case of an emergency

"he acted as a backstop in case anything went wrong"

(... is a kind of guard ) measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc.

"military security has been stepped up since the recent uprising"

Definition 5: a device designed to prevent injury or accidents - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for guard in the sense of this definition

(guard is a kind of ...) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

(... is a kind of guard ) a low metal guard to confine falling coals to a hearth

(... is a kind of guard ) guard consisting of a locking device that prevents a weapon from being fired

Definition 6: a posture of defence in boxing or fencing - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where guard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • keep your guard up

(guard is a kind of ...) the arrangement of the body and its limbs

"he assumed an attitude of surrender"

Definition 7: a military unit serving to protect some place or person - [noun denoting group]

(guard is a kind of ...) a unit that is part of some military service

"he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"

(... is a kind of guard ) a group of men who escort and protect some important person

(... is a kind of guard ) a volunteer unit formed to defend the homeland while the regular army is fighting elsewhere

(... is a kind of guard ) a territorial military unit

(guard is a member of ...) someone who escorts and protects a prominent person

Definition 8: the person who plays that position on a football team - [noun denoting person]

Samples where guard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the left guard was injured on the play

(guard is a kind of ...) one of the players on the line of scrimmage

Definition 9: a person who keeps watch over something or someone - [noun denoting person]

(guard is a kind of ...) a person who cares for persons or property

(... is a kind of guard ) a person whose duty is to throw troublemakers out of a bar or public meeting

(... is a kind of guard ) someone who guards an entrance

(... is a kind of guard ) a guard who carries a halberd (as a symbol of his duty)

(... is a kind of guard ) a guard at an airport who checks passengers or their luggage at a security checkpoint

(... is a kind of guard ) a guard who keeps watch

Definition 10: the person who plays the position of guard on a basketball team - [noun denoting person]

(guard is a kind of ...) an athlete who plays basketball

(... is an instance of guard) United States basketball guard (born in 1938)

Definition 11: watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect - [verb of competition]

Samples where guard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • guard my possessions while I'm away

Synonyms for guard in the sense of this definition

(guard is a kind of ...) shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage

"Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"

(... is a kind of guard ) watch over like a shepherd, as a teacher of her pupils

Definition 12: protect against a challenge or attack - [verb of competition]

Samples where guard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for guard in the sense of this definition

(guard is a kind of ...) shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage

"Weatherbeater protects your roof from the rain"

(guard has a similar meaning as ...) take and maintain control over, often by violent means

"The dissatisfied students held the President's office for almost a week"

Samples where guard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there would be men guarding the horses

(guard is a kind of ...) follow with the eyes or the mind

"Keep an eye on the baby, please!" "The world is watching Sarajevo" "She followed the men with the binoculars"

(... is a kind of guard ) maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol

(... is a kind of guard ) watch over so as to protect

"We must stand sentinel to protect ourselves" "The jewels over which they kept guard were stolen"

(... is a kind of guard ) work or act as a baby-sitter

"I cannot baby-sit tonight; I have too much homework to do"

(... is a kind of guard ) take watchful responsibility for

"I baby-sit the neighbor's plants when she is out of town"

Samples where guard or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • guard against becoming too friendly with the staff
  • guard against infection

(guard is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

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