ward off

Definition of ward off

:to avoid being hit by (something)
  • ward off a blow
often used figuratively
  • I tried different remedies to ward off a cold.

Word by Word Definitions

ward play
  1. : the action or process of guarding

  2. : a body of guards

  3. : the state of being under guard

  1. : to keep watch over : guard

  2. : to turn aside (something threatening) : deflect

  1. : that moves, tends, faces, or is directed toward

  2. : that occurs or is situated in the direction of

  1. : in a (specified) spatial or temporal direction

  2. : toward a (specified) point, position, or area

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest



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