Definition of guarded in English:



  • Cautious and having possible reservations.

    ‘he has given a guarded welcome to the idea’
    • ‘The British Government gave a guarded welcome to the statement while stressing the need for the Good Friday Agreement to be implemented in full.’
    • ‘In as far as he allows personal sentiment to show, he indicates a guarded, sceptical, knowledgeable and shrewd affection for both in about equal measure.’
    • ‘He tried to entertain Holly the best he could, though she was probably scared senseless by the smell of tobacco and the guarded expression Poppy always wore under all circumstances.’
    • ‘I watched him carefully through guarded eyes and waited until I thought he had calmed down before I spoke again.’
    • ‘The drop in the number of serious firearms offences in West Yorkshire, against the national trend and for the second year running, deserves a guarded welcome.’
    • ‘When she looks back on her days as a child actor, Follows is generally less careful, less guarded than she would have been at the time.’
    • ‘It's easy to see why MacLeod has to remain guarded and wary of all those he encounters.’
    • ‘The question took him by surprise, and his eyes grew guarded and cautious, his own grip tightening as well.’
    • ‘At the same time, it is not to be denied that his words, when he answered, were carefully guarded, and that he rose to take his leave.’
    • ‘In the light of all this, Paul probably would wonder about the times that we live our faith in guarded or cautious ways.’
    • ‘Skylar stared at him for a minute, his expression carefully guarded and inscrutable.’
    • ‘She quickly hid it back again, however, her eyes becoming guarded and wary yet again.’
    • ‘But when asked to review Brigham City, an independent feature film by and about Mormons, I could only approach the task with guarded curiosity.’
    • ‘There was a sort of guarded idealism of the need to promote democratic values, coupled with the tragic acceptance that such sacrifice would always be misinterpreted and caricatured.’
    • ‘At present, his guarded manner and his reluctance to discuss his previous symptoms or violent behaviour make a detailed examination of his mental state extremely difficult.’
    • ‘Without specific or new intelligence, a guarded and selective response must be better than a blanket one.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Refugee Council gave a guarded welcome to the proposals, with particular support for the ending of the ‘demeaning’ voucher system.’
    • ‘As for how that future might look, Nick is more guarded than others who've recently talked enthusiastically about what possibilities lie in store.’
    • ‘She gave a slight grin as well, though this one was carefully guarded.’
    cautious, careful, circumspect, wary, chary, reluctant, non-committal, reticent, restrained, reserved, controlled, moderate, discreet, unrevealing, vague, diplomatic, prudent, politic, tactful
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