ward

[ wawrd ]
/ wɔrd /

noun

verb (used with object)

Origin of ward

before 900; (noun) Middle English warde, Old English weard; (v.) Middle English warden, Old English weardian; cognate with Middle Dutch waerden, German warten; cf. guard
Related formsward·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ward off (1 of 3)

ward off


verb

(tr, adverb) to turn aside or repel; avert

British Dictionary definitions for ward off (2 of 3)

ward

/ (wɔːd) /

noun

verb

(tr) archaic to guard or protect
See also ward off
Derived Formswardless, adjective

Word Origin for ward

Old English weard protector; related to Old High German wart, Old Saxon ward, Old Norse vorthr. See guard

British Dictionary definitions for ward off (3 of 3)

Ward

/ (wɔːd) /

noun

Dame Barbara (Mary), Baroness Jackson. 1914–81, British economist, environmentalist, and writer. Her books include Spaceship Earth (1966)
Mrs Humphry, married name of Mary Augusta Arnold. 1851–1920, English novelist. Her novels include Robert Elsmere (1888) and The Case of Richard Meynell (1911)
Sir Joseph George. 1856–1930, New Zealand statesman; prime minister of New Zealand (1906–12; 1928–30)
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Medicine definitions for ward off

ward

[ wôrd ]

n.

A room in a hospital usually holding six or more patients.
A division in a hospital for the care of a particular group of patients.
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Idioms and Phrases with ward off

ward off


1

Turn aside, parry, as in He tried to ward off her blows. [Second half of 1500s]

2

Try to prevent, avert, as in She took vitamin C to ward off a cold. [Mid-1700s]

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