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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Dacre Montgomery As Billy Hargrove Billy, who seems to have some psychopathic and/or narcissistic tendencies, is serving as Hawkins’ premier lifeguard in the summer of Stranger Things 3. Abbey Maxbauer,, "The Stranger Things Season 3 Cast Brings A Few New Characters To Hawkins," 30 June 2019 It was shut down after lifeguards asked the city of Grenoble to do so, despite Europe’s ongoing heatwave. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Why Female CEOs Are Outnumbered by Jeffreys: Broadsheet for June 28," 28 June 2019 Along with the Coast Guard, Barney said, San Diego lifeguards also headed to the distressed craft to assist the men, who also had a dog on board. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coast Guard, lifeguards assist after 53-foot boat takes on water 25 miles off shore," 27 June 2019 Fowler said lifeguard training classes will start Monday and take place through Wednesday. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "A splash of good news: One pool in Louisville will open this summer, lawmaker says," 27 June 2019 Fellow lifeguards recovered his body three hours later. Hillary Davis,, "Newport Beach designates day to honor fallen lifeguard Ben Carlson," 26 June 2019 The wooden tower at the Wedge was a place where lifeguards watch over one of the most dangerous waves along the Southern California coastline. Laylan Connelly, The Mercury News, "Iconic lifeguard tower burns at the Wedge surf spot," 21 June 2019 The lifeguards aim to provide information about water safety and potential river hazards, as well as rescue swimmers in distress., "Monument will honor lifeguard vigilance at popular Sandy River park, High Rocks," 21 June 2019 The lake is not safe to swim in, especially with no lifeguard on duty,’’ Howard said. Sue Kiesewetter,, "Boating to be allowed for first time at Fairfield's Marsh Park," 20 June 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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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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