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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Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus asked city residents to play it safe this summer, and to get familiar with the rules and regulations of city parks and to observe them, including the one that about swimming only when a lifeguard is present. Manoella Macedo, ajc, "Several drownings in same week raise water safety concerns," 9 July 2018 The 27-year-old surfer, who was starting her second summer as a city lifeguard, was killed in a solo car crash on state Route 52 over the weekend. Teri Figueroa,, "Friends, family mourn lifeguard and surfer killed in crash," 5 July 2018 Cristian Resendez began his sixth summer as a lifeguard at Morton Grove’s Harrer Pool earlier this month. Pioneer Press,, "Shout Out: Cristian Resendez, lifeguard and aspiring techie," 13 June 2018 DAILY Plantation Aquatic Complex Swim classes for ages 6 months to adults, private lessons, springboard dive classes, lifeguard certifications, water safety instructor certifications and water aerobics. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Sunrise area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Two years ago, Tienstra applied to train as a lifeguard. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "More than just a day at the beach, lifeguards train to save lives," 10 July 2018 Ty alerted the lifeguard, who after questioning him and finding his story to be creditable, reacted and saved the young man’s life. 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 San Diego Beach Wheelchair Line, (619) 525-8247 The Pacific Beach lifeguard tower, 700 Ocean Blvd., provides wheelchair mats for easy access to the beach. Dorothy O'donnell,, "On a weekend escape to Pacific Beach, you can party on the boardwalk and chill on the bay," 5 July 2018 After being rescued by lifeguards on duty, the girl was taken to a local medical facility with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the association. The Aegis, "Girl, 6, saved from drowning at Camp Hidden Valley pool in White Hall," 26 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 \

Kids Definition of lifeguard

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

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