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-ward British & World English

Added to nouns of place or destination and to adverbs of direction:

-ward in -ward British & World English

(Forming adjectives) turned or tending towards

ward British & World English

A separate room in a hospital, typically one allocated to a particular type of patient

ward English Thesaurus

the men's surgical ward

Ward, Artemas British & World English

(1727–1800), American politician and soldier. He served as a general during the American Revolution, second in command to George Washington. Later he was a member of the Continental Congress 1780–82 and of the US House of Representatives 1791–95

Ward, Montgomery British & World English

(1843–1913), US businessman; full name Aaron Montgomery Ward. In 1872, he founded a dry-goods business, which became Montgomery Ward & Co., the first mail-order firm in the US

Ward, Mrs Humphry British & World English

(1851–1920), English writer and anti-suffrage campaigner, niece of Matthew Arnold; née Mary Augusta Arnold. She is best known for several novels dealing with social and religious themes, especially Robert Elsmere (1888). An active opponent of the women’s suffrage movement, she became the first president of the Anti-Suffrage League in 1908

Ward in Wardian case British & World English

A glass-sided airtight case used for growing ferns or other plants indoors or for transporting living plants over long distances

Hunt, Ward British & World English

(1810–86), US Supreme Court associate justice 1873–82. Appointed to the Court by President Grant, he previously served as a judge and then chief judge of the New York state court of appeals 1865–73

casual ward British & World English

A ward in a workhouse providing accommodation for those temporarily unable to support themselves

labour ward British & World English

A room in a hospital set aside for childbirth

ward heeler British & World English

A person who assists in a political campaign by canvassing votes for a party and performing menial tasks for its leaders

ward round British & World English

Visits paid by a doctor in a hospital to each of the patients in their care or in a particular ward or wards

ward of court British & World English

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

Beecher, Henry Ward British & World English

(1813–87), American Congregationalist clergyman, orator, and writer. He became famous as an orator attacking political corruption and slavery

ward someone/thing off British & World English

Prevent someone or something from harming or affecting one

ward someone/thing off in ward British & World English

Prevent someone or something from harming or affecting one

ward of court in ward British & World English

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

casualty department British & World English

The department of a hospital providing immediate treatment for emergency cases

casualty ward in casualty department British & World English

The department of a hospital providing immediate treatment for emergency cases

ward someone off in ward English Thesaurus

Kelly held out a hand to ward him off

Aaron Montgomery Ward in Ward, Montgomery British & World English

(1843–1913), US businessman; full name Aaron Montgomery Ward. In 1872, he founded a dry-goods business, which became Montgomery Ward & Co., the first mail-order firm in the US

ward something off in ward English Thesaurus

Candy held up her hands as though warding off a blow


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