life·​guard | \ˈlīf-ˌgärd \

Definition of lifeguard 

: a usually expert swimmer employed (as at a beach or a pool) to safeguard other swimmers

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lifeguard intransitive verb

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Swells generated by Hurricane Fabio that had pounded south-facing beaches with 6- to 8-foot waves in Huntington, Newport and Laguna beginning Wednesday had tapered off by Thursday night, according to lifeguards. Hannah Fry,, "Newport heat record falls as blistering temperatures send locals to beaches," 7 July 2018 Ty and the two lifeguards are heroes for their actions. Naperville Sun, "Letters to the Editor: Time for moderate views to take center stage, too many anti-Trump opinions in paper, more," 6 July 2018 The lifeguard dove down and pulled the woman to the surface. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lifeguard saves woman from nearly drowning at the Southwest YMCA in Greenfield," 22 June 2018 And for the young lifeguards trying to swim their way into the elite summer program, there are no wetsuits. David Hansen,, "Lifeguards wear red suits and blue lips," 25 Apr. 2018 Mecklenburg County employs more than 5,500 people – from lifeguards and social workers to librarians and sheriff’s deputies. Gavin Off, charlotteobserver, "What do Mecklenburg County employees earn? Check our salary database. | Charlotte Observer," 29 Mar. 2018 Michael Purves, Chief Global Strategist/Head: Equity Derivatives Strategy, Weeden & Co. told Bloomberg’s Bryan Curtis and David Ingles the lifeguard is not giving the all clear just yet., "Not Out of The Woods Just Yet, By Any Stretch - Purves," 7 Feb. 2018 Enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, OJ and coffee provided by city lifeguards and firefighters. Laura Groch,, "North County Community News, June 13," 13 June 2018 Pool officials logged more than 3,050 hours worked by lifeguards during the 915 hours the pool was open last summer. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Oak Ridge North nabs prestigious swimming pool honor," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of lifeguard

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lifeguard was in 1893

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English Language Learners Definition of lifeguard

: a person whose job is to protect swimmers from drowning


life·​guard | \ˈlīf-ˌgärd \

Kids Definition of lifeguard

: a person employed at a beach or swimming pool to protect swimmers from drowning

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