Synonyms of guarded


1. guard, watch, observe, follow, watch over, keep an eye on

usage: to keep watch over; "there would be men guarding the horses"

2. guard, ward, protect

usage: watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect; "guard my possessions while I'm away"

3. defend, guard, hold, protect

usage: protect against a challenge or attack; "Hold that position behind the trees!"; "Hold the bridge against the enemy's attacks"

4. guard, act, move

usage: take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence; "guard against becoming too friendly with the staff"; "guard against infection"


1. guarded, restrained, cautious (vs. incautious)

usage: prudent; "guarded optimism"

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Definition and meaning of guarded (Dictionary)