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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Recent Examples on the Web And Becker’s lifeguard certification expired in March 2018, two months before Curry’s drowning. Matthias Gafni,, "School district to pay $8 million settlement to parents of Danville boy who drowned during swim class," 10 Feb. 2020 Snow dropped deliveries to lighthouses and lifeguard stations in New England every year—even in California one year—until just before his death in 1982. David Kindy, Smithsonian, "After 90 Years, the ‘Flying Santa’ Is Still Dropping Gifts From a Plane," 17 Dec. 2019 Mustafah Abdulaziz for TIME A year later, after receiving asylum in Germany, Sara returned to Lesvos and put her lifeguard skills to work as a rescue swimmer for a non-profit helping migrants in distress to reach the shore. Jasmine Aguilera/ajo, Time, "They Tried to Save the Lives of Immigrants Fleeing Danger. Now They’re Facing Prosecution," 11 Nov. 2019 Laguna Beach lifeguards responded at 7:15 a.m. to Totuava Beach, where a diver had floated to the surface and was being helped to shore by other scuba and free divers who were in the water, according to marine safety Capt. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Man free diving for lobster at Laguna Beach cove dies after suffering cardiac arrest," 2 Oct. 2019 According to Honolulu Emergency Service Department, bystanders jumped into action and were able to bring Dayoan to shore, where lifeguards and paramedics administered life-saving measures. Gabrielle Chung,, "70-Year-Old California Tourist Dies After Boogie Boarding Incident in Hawaii," 24 Jan. 2020 At one point, lifeguards at the beach got involved, the complaint said. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Elm Grove man who inappropriately touched children at Pewaukee Lake Beach sentenced to prison," 13 Jan. 2020 Harbor police also provide mutual aid to lifeguards in other cities, the Coast Guard and other agencies along the entire North County coastline. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside harbor police see increase in smuggling-related incidents," 20 Oct. 2019 The 21-page class action suit filed by Benjamin Smith, who was still a high school student from 2017 to 2019, claims the city violated its own rules by failing to inform lifeguards and certain groups of workers of their rights under the ordinance. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Citing lack of sick pay, lifeguard sues St. Paul on behalf of 223 employees," 24 Sep. 2019

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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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14 Feb 2020

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“Lifeguard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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