gird

"Gird your loins and prepare for battle!" Okay, no one says "gird your loins" anymore (which basically means "tighten your pants"), but gird is still used as a verb to mean "get ready for a dangerous situation."

To gird is to prepare for a military attack, but more loosely it refers to readying oneself for any kind of confrontation. When you gird for something, you are preparing for the worst-case scenario. Gird can also mean "fasten something tightly with a belt or a band" (as in "gird your loins"), or it can mean "to surround or encircle." A field that is girded by trees is surrounded and encircled by trees.

DEFINITIONS OF: gird

1

v bind with something round or circular

Synonyms:
encircle
Types:
hoop
bind or fasten with a hoop
Type of:
bind
make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope

v put a girdle on or around

gird your loins”
Synonyms:
girdle
Type of:
border, environ, ring, skirt, surround
extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle

v prepare oneself for a military confrontation

“The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East”
Synonyms:
arm, build up, fortify
Antonyms:
demilitarise, demilitarize, disarm
remove offensive capability from
Types:
re-arm, rearm
arm anew
forearm
arm in advance of a confrontation
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