Other forms: girt; girded; girding; girds

"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. verb
    bind with something round or circular
    synonyms: encircle
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    bind or fasten with a hoop
    type of:
    make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope
  2. verb
    put a girdle on or around
    synonyms: girdle
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    type of:
    border, environ, ring, skirt, surround
    extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle
  3. verb
    prepare oneself for a military confrontation
    “The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East”
    synonyms: arm, build up, fortify
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    demilitarise, demilitarize, disarm
    remove offensive capability from
    re-arm, rearm
    arm anew
    arm in advance of a confrontation
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