Definition of ward in English:
1A separate room in a hospital, typically one allocated to a particular type of patient: a children’s ward
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- Stepping back a generation, doctors were familiar with hospital wards full of patients succumbing to sepsis in the pre-penicillin era.
- Yarmouk Hospital has one of the busiest emergency rooms and obstetrics wards in Baghdad.
- Randomised controlled trial of usual care compared with intervention delivered on hospital wards by cardiac rehabilitation nurses.
2An administrative division of a city or borough that typically elects and is represented by a councillor or councillors: the second most marginal ward in Westminster
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- Issues raised will be discussed by the relief road working group, made up of county councillors representing local wards, and the county council will enforce the changes.
- We called the offices of city councillors representing various downtown wards, and their staff readily acknowledged the litter problem.
- Candidates for election will run in electoral districts, similar to city councillors' wards.
3A child or young person under the care and control of a guardian appointed by their parents or a court: for the last three years, the boy has been my ward
6 historical An area of ground enclosed by the encircling walls of a fortress or castle.
- Near to this original house, on a chalk hill, William I built a castle, with a ward either side of a low motte.
- The first step was the walling of the early Norman ring work but today only little part of this work survives on the north-west walls of the upper ward, the section facing the outer bailey was demolished.
- The inner ward is a square enclosure with circular angle towers, with one bigger and separated by the walls forming the keep.
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1Admit (a patient) to a hospital ward: the last of the accident victims was warded
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- Both are warded at Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
- Gomez is warded at Port-of-Spain General Hospital in a stable condition.
- One of Richardson's alleged accomplices, who was warded under police guard at the San Fernando General Hospital, was expected to face additional charges late yesterday.
ward of court
- A child or young person for whom a guardian has been appointed by the Court of Chancery or who has become directly subject to the authority of that court.Example sentences
- At one time it was believed that the mere publication of information about a ward of court was contempt of court.
- What was sought to be done was to make them wards of court and then obtain orders in their welfare which would contradict the steps the Minister had taken.
- The commission recommends making a person ineligible to serve as a trustee if they are under 18, a ward of court, adjudicated bankrupt, restricted from being a director of a company, or convicted of a crime.
ward someone/thing off
- Prevent someone or something from harming or affecting one: she put up a hand as if to ward him offMore example sentences
fend off, drive back, keep off, stave off, repel, repulse, beat back, rout, put to flight, chase awayinformal send packingparry, avert, deflect, block, turn aside, defend oneself against, guard against, evade, avoid, dodgeavert, rebuff, rebut, keep at bay, keep at arm's length, fend off, stave off, oppose, resist, prevent, hinder, obstruct, impede, foil, frustrate, thwart, check, baulk, stop, head off
- The archetypal souvenirs are ceramic tiles featuring the Evil Eye - a Turkish good luck charm designed to ward off evil spirits.
- In areas where apples were grown, it evolved into a ritual in which chants and dances were used to ward off evil spirits which it was believed would harm the trees.
- The veil was also believed to magically have the power to ward off surrounding evils that wish to harm the bride.
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- A supervision order, while less intrusive than Crown wardship would not adequately protect the children from either the father or the mother for reasons already discussed under issue No. 1.
- Usually granted in connection with wardships, the king's rights over the marriage of his tenants-in-chief had longer term implications for Edward III's ‘new nobility.’
- Early in life he was placed under the wardship of a tutor in Marseilles.
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