life·​guard | \ ˈlīf-ˌgärd How to pronounce lifeguard (audio) \

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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Lauderhill lifeguard April Nixon is considered one of the rock stars in the industry and was on the pool deck to help oversee the activities. Emmett Hall,, "Family Safety Day fun with serious message," 13 June 2019 Officials suspect a rip current was a factor in his death, and urge swimmers to stay in front of a staffed lifeguard tower. Ryan Gillespie,, "Michigan man who was pulled from the water in Ormond Beach has died, officials say," 12 July 2018 He's then forced to spend his summer training for a junior lifeguard program. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About Netflix's "Malibu Rescue" Movie and Series," 9 May 2019 The Movie is a new Netflix film about a group of aspiring lifeguards who are competing for a prime beach tower on Malibu Beach. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About Netflix's "Malibu Rescue" Movie and Series," 9 May 2019 On a warm, sunny weekday afternoon, the long sweep of shore, with its fantastic view of the Verrazano Bridge and full compliment of lifeguards, had few sunbathers and zero swimmers. WSJ, "The New York City Beach That Doesn’t Make Waves," 19 June 2018 If swimming in open water, choose an area of beach with a lifeguard. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Toddler Swim Safety Tips, According to Swim Experts," 2 May 2019 Kirk Ziegler, a North Shore lifeguard, tells SELF that, to his knowledge, rock running became popular around the 90s as a way for surfers to simulate (and train for) the stress of being held underwater during a wipeout. Amy Marturana, SELF, "I Tried Underwater Rock Running, the Endurance Workout Surfers Swear By," 28 Feb. 2019 The beach closed shortly after the boy was taken to the hospital and remained closed for the evening as lifeguards were interviewed regarding the incident. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "14-year-old rescued from Naperville's Centennial Beach after jumping off diving board," 1 June 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 How to pronounce lifeguard (audio) \

Kids Definition of lifeguard

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

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