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ward

ward

 
 
pronunciation:
word
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a large room in a hospital with beds for several patients, or a section for one type of patient.
Patients under the age of sixteen stay in the children's ward.
synonyms:
room, wing
similar words:
area, division, floor, section, unit
definition 2: an area of some cities or towns set apart for the purpose of voting.
Our city is divided into five wards, and each elects its own representative to the city council.
synonyms:
district, precinct
similar words:
area, division, quarter, region, section, zone
definition 3: a child or other person who has been placed under control of a person or group other than a parent by a court of law.
A prisoner is a ward of the state.After her parents died, Anne became a ward of her relatives.
similar words:
charge, dependent, orphan
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: warded, warding, wards
definition: to prevent or turn aside (usually followed by "off").
He could not ward off the flu.The knight warded off the blow with his shield.
synonyms:
avert, deflect
similar words:
anticipate, block, prevent, reject, repel, resist, withstand
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