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ward / wôrd/ • n. 1. a separate room in a hospital, typically one allocated to a particular type of patient: a children's ward | [as adj.] a ward nurse. ∎  one of the divisions of a prison. 2. an administrative division of a city or borough that typically elects and is represented by a councilor or councilors. ∎  a territorial division of the Mormon Church presided over by a bishop. 3. a person, usually a minor, under the care and control of a guardian appointed by their parents or a court. ∎  archaic guardianship or the state of being subject to a guardian: the ward and care of the Crown. 4. (usu. wards) any of the internal ridges or bars in a lock that prevent the turning of any key that does not have grooves of corresponding form or size. ∎  the corresponding grooves in the bit of a key. 5. archaic the action of keeping a lookout for danger: I saw them keeping ward at one of those huge gates. 6. hist. an area of ground enclosed by the encircling walls of a fortress or castle. 7. Fencing a defensive position or motion. • v. [tr.] 1. archaic guard; protect: it was his duty to ward the king. 2. admit (a patient) to a hospital ward. PHRASES: ward of the court a person, usually a minor or of unsound mind, for whom a guardian has been appointed by a court or who has become directly subject to the authority of that court.PHRASAL VERBS: ward someone/something off prevent from harming or affecting one: she put up a hand as if to ward him off.DERIVATIVES: ward·ship / ship/ n.

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ward1
A. watching, guarding, custody OE.; charge of a prisoner XIII;

B. administrative division of a city, etc. XIV (in AL. warda XIII);

C. separate room or division of a prison, hospital, etc. XVI;

D. pl. notches or projections in a key or lock to prevent opening XV. OE. weard = MLG. warde, OHG. warta watch (G. warte watchtower):- WGmc. *wardō (whence ONF. warde, with the repr. of which the native word coalesced = (O)F. garde GUARD), f. *ward-, extension of *war- be on guard, watch (see WARE2).

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ward2 guard, defend OE.; parry, fend off XVI. OE. weardian = OS. wardon, OHG. wartēn (G. warten nurse, look after), ON. varða :- Gmc. *warðōjan, *warðǣjan, f. *warðo WARD1; reinforced in ME. by ONF. warder, var. of (O)F. garder GUARD vb.

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Ward

a body of guards or defenders, as a garrison (its use survives in wardroom); a body of watchmen, 1500; patients in a hospital ward, collectively, 1768.

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ward:1 In English history, see hundred. 2 In law, see guardian and ward. 3 In local government, see city government.

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WARD

A person, especially an infant or incompetent, placed by the court in the care of a guardian.

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Guardian and Ward.

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ward.
1. Bailey or court of a castle, protected by a wall, towers, etc.

2. Large apartment in a gaol or hospital.

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wardaboard, abroad, accord, afford, applaud, award, bawd, board, broad, chord, Claude, cord, ford, fraud, gaud, Gawd, hoard, horde, laud, lord, maraud, milord, sward, sword, toward, unawed, unexplored, unrestored, ward •fjord

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