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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Other Words from lifeguard

lifeguard intransitive verb

Examples of lifeguard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kovack holds a Bachelors of Music Education degree from Wittenberg University and has worked in a variety of jobs, including lifeguard, machine operator, and a teacher. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Hutson and Kovack face off for Medina County Commissioner seat," 27 Oct. 2020 The guard, who knew Lindsey by name from the beach, called 911, and within 15 minutes Lindsey was strapped onto a board, loaded into the back of the lifeguard’s truck and driven across the beach to a waiting ambulance. Sarah Feldberg, Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘My fear is the weight of everything’," 25 Oct. 2020 Village Trustee Kathy Stokebrand proposed the beach pass to alleviate lifeguard staffing costs during an Oct. 5 budget and finance committee meeting. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shorewood is considering Atwater Beach membership passes to help cover lifeguard staffing costs," 13 Oct. 2020 Another friend found a little lifeguard surfboard that Stephenson placed on the other side of the boat. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Two WaterSmart winners: surfin’ safari, and succulents," 3 Oct. 2020 Nunes explained that lifeguard staffing issues once again caused hiccups for planners and pool officials. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands pool season winds down with limited fall hours," 20 Aug. 2020 The house is currently rented for $255 a month to a lifeguard supervisor. Los Angeles Times, "Million-dollar views, cheap rent and allegations of favoritism at California state parks," 11 Dec. 2020 The boy waited at the side of the pool for about 20 minutes while a lifeguard climbed up to the top of the slide to retrieve his artificial leg during the July 16 incident, the lawsuit said. Gabrielle Russon,, "Florida mom sues Legoland, saying son was forced to take off prosthetic leg on water slide," 4 Dec. 2020 The Deerfield Beach lifeguard won the three mile race in a time of 23:35, followed by Diana Karman (25:40) and Erica Strohmenger (25:50). Emmett Hall,, "Ryan Owens Beach Run honors heroic legacy of Navy SEAL," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Lifeguard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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