ward off

phrasal verb

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

Examples of ward off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s infused with macadamia and hibiscus oils to ward off UV ray damage and Vitamin E to protect the skin from environmental stressors. Rebecca Shinners, Travel + Leisure, 19 Apr. 2024 One way to ward off that threat is to surprise people. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, 19 Apr. 2024 Early diagnosis and treatment are key to dealing with skin conditions caused by diabetes in order to ward off serious consequences and complications. Elizabeth Woolley, Verywell Health, 15 Apr. 2024 Riyadh seeks greater security cooperation with the United States to ward off similar aggression in the future — an arrangement that the U.S. has indicated would likely be made only if Riyadh also formally recognized and worked with Israel. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2024 Baldwin's second reelection ad highlights push to shore up pensions Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin's second ad of her reelection bid highlights her efforts to ward off significant cuts to the pensions of more than 22,000 Wisconsin workers and retirees. Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2024 Experts also believe warding off the mutation threat will require targeting multiple sites on the virus. Benjamin Ryan, NBC News, 6 Mar. 2024 Some take time to meditate and reflect on the universe, while others engage in rituals to ward off negative energies. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 That’s why the city’s Democratic mayor, 43-year-old Leonardo Williams, was already brainstorming ways to ward off another financial blow. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2024

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“Ward off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ward%20off. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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