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"Guard" is a noun which is often translated as "el/la guardia", and "protect" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "proteger". Learn more about the difference between "guard" and "protect" below.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (soldier or person from security)
a. el guardia
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la guardia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I work as a security guard at a mall.Trabajo como guardia de seguridad en un centro comercial.
b. el escolta
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la escolta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(for personal protection)
The president is always protected by eight guards.El presidente siempre cuenta con la protección de ocho escoltas.
2. (group of soldiers)
a. la guardia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The president sent the National Guard to stop unrest.El presidente envió a la Guardia Nacional para detener los disturbios.
3. (alertness)
a. la guardia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You need to be on guard all the time when you're patrolling the streets.Cuando patrullas las calles, tienes que estar en guardia constantemente.
4. (protection)
a. la protección
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(action or measure)
At the repair shop, I always wear gloves as a guard against accidents.Cuando estoy en el taller, siempre utilizo guantes como protección para evitar accidentes.
b. el protector
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(protecting part)
Many basketball players use mouth guards.Muchos jugadores de baloncesto usan protectores bucales.
c. la guarnición
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of a sword or knife)
The guard of the sword is made of metal.La guarnición de la espada está hecha de metal.
5. (sports)
a. la guardia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(fencing or boxing)
Always keep your guard up!¡Mantén siempre la guardia alta!
b. la defensa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(fencing or boxing)
He was knocked down because his guard was weak.Fue noqueado porque su defensa era floja.
c. el escolta
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la escolta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(basketball)
I am the tallest guard in the history of this team.Soy el escolta más alto de la historia de este equipo.
6. (railroad) (United Kingdom)
a. el revisor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la revisora
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The guard passed collecting the tickets for the next station.Pasó el revisor recogiendo los billetes de la siguiente estación.
b. el jefe de tren
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la jefa de tren
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The guard said I would have to get off if I kept on being noisy.El jefe de tren me dijo que si seguía haciendo ruido me tendría que bajar.
7. (prison)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el carcelero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la carcelera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The guard is not allowed to talk to the prisoners.El carcelero no tiene permitido hablar con los presos.
b. el funcionario de prisiones
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la funcionaria de prisiones
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
She was a prison guard in a women's penitentiary.Fue funcionaria de prisiones en una cárcel de mujeres.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
8. (to keep watch over)
a. vigilar
The entrance to the building is well guarded.La entrada al edificio está bien vigilada.
b. proteger
A large number of soldiers guard the military base.Un gran número de soldados protege la base militar.
c. custodiar
Celebrities often need to be guarded.Las celebridades a menudo necesitan ser custodiadas.
d. guardar
A giant dragon guards the entrance to the cave with the treasure.Un dragón gigante guarda la entrada de la cueva donde se encuentra el tesoro.
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protect(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to provide protection for)
a. proteger
My father tried his best to protect us from reality.Mi padre intentó por todos los medios protegernos de la realidad.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to provide protection)
a. proteger
It is a moisturizer that also protects against UV rays.Es una crema hidratante que además protege de los rayos ultravioletas.
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