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English definition of “guardian”

guardian

noun [C]     /ˈɡɑː.di.ən/ US  /ˈɡɑːr-/
a person who has the legal right and responsibility of taking care of someone who cannot take care of himself or herself, such as a child whose parents have died : The child's parents or guardians must give their consent before she has the operation .Parenting and caring for children formal someone who protects something: These three official bodies are the guardians of the nation's countryside . a self-appointed guardian of public morals Protection and protectorsEnvironmental issues
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