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1 a person who is under the protection or in the custody of another
2 a district into which a city or town is divided for the purpose of administration and elections
3 block forming a division of a hospital (or a suite of rooms) shared by patients who need a similar kind of care; "they put her in a 4-bed ward" [syn: hospital ward]
4 English economist and conservationist (1914-1981) [syn: Barbara Ward, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth]
5 English writer of novels who was an active opponent of the women's suffrage movement (1851-1920) [syn: Mrs. Humphrey Ward, Mary Augusta Arnold Ward]
6 United States businessman who in 1872 established a successful mail-order business (1843-1913) [syn: Montgomery Ward, Asron Montgomery Ward]
7 a division of a prison (usually consisting of several cells) [syn: cellblock] v : watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect; "guard my possessions while I'm away" [syn: guard]

User Contributed Dictionary

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Proper noun

  1. An English occupational surname for a guard or watchman
  2. An adult acts as the guardian of a child, especially whose parents are death.

Extensive Definition

Ward is a common name for people:
Ward may also refer to:
In fictional characters:
In other uses:
ward in German: Ward
ward in French: Ward
ward in Dutch: Ward
ward in Japanese: ウォード
ward in Polish: Ward
ward in Russian: Уорд
ward in Slovak: Ward
ward in Volapük: Ward

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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