Definition of guarded in English:



  • Cautious and having possible reservations.

    ‘he has given a guarded welcome to the idea’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I watched him carefully through guarded eyes and waited until I thought he had calmed down before I spoke again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As for how that future might look, Nick is more guarded than others who've recently talked enthusiastically about what possibilities lie in store.’
    • ‘Skylar stared at him for a minute, his expression carefully guarded and inscrutable.’
    • ‘The British Government gave a guarded welcome to the statement while stressing the need for the Good Friday Agreement to be implemented in full.’
    • ‘It's easy to see why MacLeod has to remain guarded and wary of all those he encounters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Without specific or new intelligence, a guarded and selective response must be better than a blanket one.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She gave a slight grin as well, though this one was carefully guarded.’
    • ‘But when asked to review Brigham City, an independent feature film by and about Mormons, I could only approach the task with guarded curiosity.’
    • ‘The Refugee Council gave a guarded welcome to the proposals, with particular support for the ending of the ‘demeaning’ voucher system.’
    • ‘She quickly hid it back again, however, her eyes becoming guarded and wary yet again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    cautious, careful, circumspect, wary, chary, reluctant, non-committal, reticent, restrained, reserved, controlled, moderate, discreet, unrevealing, vague, diplomatic, prudent, politic, tactful
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