Synonyms of guard in English:

guard


See definition of guard

verb

1‘the infantry guarded the barricaded bridge’

SYNONYMS

protect, stand guard over, watch over, look after, keep an eye on, take care of, cover, patrol, police, defend, shield, safeguard, preserve, save, keep safe, secure, screen, shelter

fortify, garrison, barricade

man, occupy

2‘the prisoners were guarded by armed men’

SYNONYMS

keep under surveillance, keep under guard, keep watch over, mind, supervise, restrain, control

3‘the forest wardens have to guard against poachers’

SYNONYMS

beware of, keep watch for, be alert to, take care for, keep an eye out for, be on the alert for, be on the qui vive for, be on the lookout for

informal keep one's eyes peeled for, keep one's eyes skinned for


noun

1‘they were caught by border guards’

SYNONYMS

sentry, sentinel, security guard, nightwatchman

protector, defender, guardian, custodian, keeper

scout, lookout, watch

garrison

informal bouncer

archaic watchman

2‘she slipped easily past her prison guard’

SYNONYMS

jailer, warder, wardress, warden, prison officer, keeper, incarcerator, captor, sentry

informal screw

detainer

archaic turnkey

3‘he let his guard slip and they escaped’

SYNONYMS

vigilance, vigil, watch, close watch, monitoring, policing, surveillance, sentry duty

watchfulness, caution, heed, attention, care, wariness

4‘all machines must be fitted with a guard’

SYNONYMS

safety guard, safety device, protective device, shield, bulwark, screen, fence, fender, bumper, buffer, cushion, pad


Phrases

    off (one's) guard

      ‘he was caught off guard when the man charged towards him’

      SYNONYMS

      unprepared, unready, inattentive, unwary, unwatchful, with one's defences down, by surprise, cold, unsuspecting

      informal

      napping, asleep on the job, asleep at the wheel, on the hop

      ANTONYMS

      prepared

    on one's guard

      ‘police are urging horse owners to be on their guard’

      SYNONYMS

      vigilant, alert, on the alert, wary, watchful, cautious, careful, heedful, chary, circumspect, on the lookout, on the qui vive, on one's toes, prepared, ready, wideawake, attentive, observant, keeping one's eyes peeled

      informal

      all ears, beady-eyed, on the ball, not missing a trick, keeping a weather eye on things, cagey, leery

      rare

      regardful, Argus-eyed

      ANTONYMS

      inattentive