W w


    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wawrd]
    • /wɔrd/
    • /wɔːd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wawrd]
    • /wɔrd/

Definitions of ward word

  • noun ward (Aaron) Montgomery, 1843–1913, U.S. merchant and mail-order retailer. 1
  • noun ward Artemas [ahr-tuh-muh s] /ˈɑr tə məs/ (Show IPA), 1727–1800, American general in the American Revolution. 1
  • noun ward Artemus [ahr-tuh-muh s] /ˈɑr tə məs/ (Show IPA), (Charles Farrar Browne) 1834–67, U.S. humorist. 1
  • noun ward Barbara (Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth) 1914–81, English economist and author. 1
  • noun ward Mrs. Humphry (Mary Augusta Arnold) 1851–1920, English novelist, born in Tasmania. 1
  • noun ward Sir Joseph George, 1856–1930, New Zealand statesman, born in Australia: prime minister 1906–12, 1928–30. 1

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Origin of ward

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
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

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Parts of speech for Ward


ward popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

ward usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for ward

verb ward

  • hold down — to have or keep in the hand; keep fast; grasp: She held the purse in her right hand. He held the child's hand in his.
  • preclude — to prevent the presence, existence, or occurrence of; make impossible: The insufficiency of the evidence precludes a conviction.
  • watch over — to be alertly on the lookout, look attentively, or observe, as to see what comes, is done, or happens: to watch while an experiment is performed.
  • hogtie — to tie (an animal) with all four feet together.
  • shelter — something beneath, behind, or within which a person, animal, or thing is protected from storms, missiles, adverse conditions, etc.; refuge.

noun ward

  • district — a division of territory, as of a country, state, or county, marked off for administrative, electoral, or other purposes.
  • department — A department is one of the sections in an organization such as a government, business, or university. A department is also one of the sections in a large shop.
  • parish — an ecclesiastical district having its own church and member of the clergy.
  • precinct — a district, as of a city, marked out for governmental or administrative purposes, or for police protection.
  • area — An area is a particular part of a town, a country, a region, or the world.

Antonyms for ward

noun ward

  • adult — An adult is a mature, fully developed person. An adult has reached the age when they are legally responsible for their actions.

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