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ward

noun \ ˈwȯrd \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of ward

1 a : the action or process of guarding
b : a body of guards
2 : the state of being under guard; especially : custody
3 a : the inner court of a castle or fortress
b : a division (such as a cell or block) of a prison
c : a division in a hospital; especially : a large room in a hospital where a number of patients often requiring similar treatment are accommodated
4 a : a division of a city for representative, electoral, or administrative purposes
b : a division of some English and Scottish counties corresponding to a hundred
c : the Mormon local congregation having auxiliary organizations (such as Sunday schools and relief societies) and one or more quorums of each office of the Aaronic priesthood
5 : a projecting ridge of metal in a lock casing or keyhole permitting only the insertion of a key with a corresponding notch; also : a corresponding notch in a bit of a key
6 : a person or thing under guard, protection, or surveillance: such as
a : a minor subject to wardship
b : a person who by reason of incapacity (such as minority or mental illness) is under the protection of a court either directly or through a guardian appointed by the court called also ward of court
c : a person or body of persons under the protection or tutelage of a government
7 : a means of defense : protection

Examples of ward in a Sentence

  1. She works in the cancer ward.

  2. the council representative from Ward 22

  3. They were wards of the state.

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Origin and Etymology of ward

Middle English, from Old English weard & Anglo-French warde, garde, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German warta act of watching, Old English warian to beware of, guard, wær careful — more at guard, wary


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ward

verb

Definition of ward

transitive verb
1 : to keep watch over : guard
2 : to turn aside (something threatening) : deflect usually used with off
  • ward off a blow
  • trying to ward off a cold

Examples of ward in a Sentence

  1. vowed that he would take whatever measures were necessary to ward the nation's people

Recent Examples of ward from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of ward

Middle English, from Old English weardian & Anglo-French warder, garder, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German wartēn to watch, Old Norse vartha to guard, Old English weard ward


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-ward

adjective suffix
variants: or less commonly -wards

Definition of -ward

1 : that moves, tends, faces, or is directed toward
  • riverward
2 : that occurs or is situated in the direction of
  • leftward

Examples of -ward in a Sentence

  1. a rearward movement of troops

Origin and Etymology of -ward

-ward from Middle English, from Old English -weard; akin to Old High German -wart, -wert -ward, Latin vertere to turn; -wards from -wards, adverb suffix — more at worth


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-ward

adverb suffix
variants: or -wards

Definition of -ward

1 : in a (specified) spatial or temporal direction
  • upward
  • afterward
2 : toward a (specified) point, position, or area
  • earthward

Origin and Etymology of -ward

-ward from Middle English, from Old English -weard, from -weard, adjective suffix; -wards from Middle English, from Old English -weardes, genitive singular neuter of -weard, adjective suffix


Ward

biographical name \ ˈwȯrd \

Definition of Ward

(Aaron) Montgomery 1843–1913 American merchant

Ward

biographical name

Definition of Ward

Ar*te*mas play \ˈär-tə-məs\ 1727–1800 American general in Revolution

Ward

biographical name

Definition of Ward

Artemus — see Charles Farrar browne

Ward

biographical name

Definition of Ward

Barbara 1914–1981 Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth English economist

Ward

biographical name

Definition of Ward

Sir Joseph George 1856–1930 New Zealand statesman

Ward

biographical name

Definition of Ward

Mary Augusta 1851–1920 Mrs. Humphry Ward née Arnold English novelist


WARD Defined for English Language Learners

ward

noun

Definition of ward for English Language Learners

  • : a section in a hospital for patients needing a particular kind of care

  • : a section in a prison

  • : one of the sections into which a city or town is divided for the purposes of an election


-ward

adjective suffix

Definition of -ward for English Language Learners

  • : that moves, tends, faces, or is directed toward

  • : that occurs or is located in the direction of


-ward

adverb suffix

Definition of -ward for English Language Learners

  • : in or toward a (specified) direction


WARD Defined for Kids

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ward

noun \ ˈwȯrd \

Definition of ward for Students

1 : a large room in a hospital where a number of patients often needing similar treatment are cared for
2 : one of the parts into which a town or city is divided for management
3 : a person under the protection of a guardian

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ward

verb

Definition of ward for Students

warded; warding
: to avoid being hit or affected by
  • Wear a sweater to ward off the cold.

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-ward

adjective suffix \ wərd \
variants: also -wards \wərdz\

Definition of -ward for Students

1 : that moves, faces, or is pointed toward
  • windward
2 : that is found in the direction of

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-ward

adverb suffix
variants: or -wards

Definition of -ward for Students

1 : in a specified direction
  • upward
2 : toward a specified place

Medical Dictionary

ward

noun \ ˈwȯ(ə)rd \

medical Definition of ward

: a division in a hospital; especially : a large room in a hospital where a number of patients often requiring similar treatment are accommodated
  • a diabetic ward

Law Dictionary

ward

noun \ ˈwȯrd \

legal Definition of ward

1 : a division of a city for representative, electoral, or administrative purposes
2 a : a person who by reason of incapacity (as minority or incompetency) is under the control of a guardian
b : a person who by reason of incapacity is under the protection of a court either directly or through a guardian appointed by the court called also ward of the court; compare interdict

wardship

noun


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