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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Guard \Guard\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Guarded; p. pr. & vb. n. Gurding.] [OF. guarder, garder, warder, F. garder, fr. OHG. wart?n to be on the watch, await, G. marten. See Ward, v. & n., and cf. Guard, n.] 1. To protect from danger; to secure against surprise, attack, or injury; to keep in safety; to defend; to shelter; to shield from surprise or attack; to protect by attendance; to accompany for protection; to care for. [1913 Webster] For Heaven still guards the right. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To keep watch over, in order to prevent escape or restrain from acts of violence, or the like. [1913 Webster] 3. To protect the edge of, esp. with an ornamental border; hence, to face or ornament with lists, laces, etc. The body of your discourse is sometime guarded with fragments, and the guards are but slightly basted on neither. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To fasten by binding; to gird. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. Syn: To defend; protect; shield; keep; watch. [1913 Webster]