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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Another sneak peek shows Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery) as a lifeguard sharing a moment with Karen Wheeler (Cara Buono), AKA Mike's Mom (!!!) by the pool. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Stranger Things Season 3 Trailer Is Finally Here and I Am Not Okay," 20 Mar. 2019 So Edwards, a Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class and a former lifeguard, jumped into action. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Groom rescues struggling swimmer moments after beach wedding," 8 Aug. 2018 Dad had a pool company on the side and hundreds of his students, including me, worked for him as lifeguards, acid washers, and painters each spring and summer. Jason Nark,, "'It's time.' After 48 years, Mr. Nark hangs up his lab goggles at Gloucester Catholic," 13 June 2018 If the system’s pattern-recognition software identifies the object’s unique swimming motion as belonging to a large shark—as opposed to a dolphin or stingray—the Clever Buoy texts an alert to lifeguards. Jeremy Hsu, The Atlantic, "Can AI Stop Shark Attacks?," 31 Mar. 2018 The indictment accuses the operator, Miles, of intercepting incident reports from lifeguards and destroying witness statements - then coaching the guards to write statements that omitted crucial damaging details about Verruckt. The Washington Post,, "A boy was decapitated on a waterslide. Now the ride's 'visionary' creator faces a murder charge.," 28 Jan. 2018 From lifeguards at the pool to the caddies traipsing the golf course, cute boys were simply one of my favorite things. Ree Drummond, Country Living, "Every Die-Hard Romantic Needs to Read Ree and Ladd Drummond's Love Story," 6 June 2017 Newport Beach lifeguard Battalion Chief Mike Halphide said his department expects 80,000 to 100,000 people a day to visit city beaches in the latter half of the week. Hannah Fry,, "Extreme heat wave, high surf expected to send many to the beach," 4 July 2018 Footage taken by lifeguards at Cala Domingos beach shows the shark — later determined to be a 10-foot blue shark — swim toward the shore as panicked onlookers gather and watch from nearby rocks. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Popular Majorca beach evacuated after shark spotted swimming near panicked tourists," 3 Aug. 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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