Meaning of “guarded” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “guarded” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"guarded" in American English

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us /ˈɡɑr·dɪd/

careful in speech in order to avoid giving information:

The president made a guarded, lawyerly response.

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"guarded" in Business English

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uk /ˈɡɑːdɪd/ us

careful not to give too much information or show how you really feel:

a guarded response
Conversation on the trading floor tends to be polite but guarded.

protected from being known, found, harmed, or taken:

carefully/closely/fiercely guarded a carefully guarded secret

We are guardedly optimistic about the economy.

(Definition of “guarded” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)