life·​guard ˈlīf-ˌgärd How to pronounce lifeguard (audio)
: a usually expert swimmer employed (as at a beach or a pool) to safeguard other swimmers
lifeguard intransitive verb

Examples of lifeguard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fire Chief Colin Stowell said the city’s Fire-Rescue Department has beefed up its staffing because of the storm, calling in extra firefighters, lifeguards and dispatchers to handle calls. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2024 The remaining 11 boaters climbed from the sailboat onto the rocks, where lifeguards reached them and got them to safety, Fisk said. Daniella Segura, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 Teams of lifeguards would protect the occasional bather in trouble, and each lifeguard station had a lifeboat that was used for more serious emergencies. Allen Lockshin, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 But the beauty is only one part of the draw: This tropical key is an easy place to keep the whole family entertained, thanks to tennis and volleyball courts, beachside concession stands, and year-round lifeguards. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 16 Jan. 2024 The department sent two rescue boats and lifeguards. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 After receiving the call, Fisk said lifeguards made their way to the boaters on two rescue boats. Daniella Segura, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 The beach offers bocce ball courts as well as showers, lifeguards, a playground and concession stands. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 In the Tijuana River Valley, San Diego Humane Society officers and lifeguards used a boat to rescue what at first appeared to be a dog trapped in a flooded field — with a bucket on its head. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lifeguard was in 1893

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“Lifeguard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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life·​guard ˈlīf-ˌgärd How to pronounce lifeguard (audio)
: a usually expert swimmer employed at a beach or swimming pool to protect swimmers from drowning

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