ХРАНИТЬ _|_ TO KEEP / KHRANIT [xrɐˈnʲitʲ]  

Hint with an alternative definition: It is to hold the status of something; for example, to keep a “honey” right & near to heart, to hoard & care; it is to keep a hog at the ranch; to keep safe a divine hidden shrine (made with granite) with a fountain, to hold it from ruin, run out or wrong & to guard it against horrendous things and hordes of horned creatures.

Hints with translation + consonant words (by sounds or letters): Chronos (time) keeps everything in past

Russian pro-tip: хр-хр (храп, сон, покой) + он = хранить в покое

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Охранник: guard-on-hire

Mental visualization: X (fence) + P (guard) + A (sentinel fire) + H (boarded up entrance to the vault)