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Adjective: guarded  gaa(r)-did
  1. Prudent
    "guarded optimism";
    - restrained
Verb: guard  gaa(r)d
  1. To keep watch over
    "there would be men guarding the horses"
     
  2. Watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect
    "guard my possessions while I'm away";
    - ward
     
  3. Protect against a challenge or attack
    "guard that position behind the trees!";
    - defend, hold
     
  4. Take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence
    "guard against becoming too friendly with the staff"; "guard against infection"

See also: cautious

Type of: act, follow, keep an eye on, move, observe, protect, watch, watch over

Encyclopedia: Guarded

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