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ward

noun [C] uk   /wɔːd/ us    /wɔːrd/

ward noun [C] (HOSPITAL/PRISON)

B2 one of the parts or large rooms into which a hospital is divided, usually with beds for patients: a geriatric/maternity/psychiatric ward US one of the parts into which a prison is divided
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ward noun [C] (CITY AREA)

(in many countries) one of the areas into which a city or town is divided, having its own elected political representative or its own organizations for managing services

ward noun [C] (CHILD)

specialized law a person, especially a child, who is legally put under the protection of a law court or a guardian : The girl was made a ward of court to stop her father taking her out of the country.
Translations of “ward”
in Korean 병동…
in Arabic عَنْبَر…
in French salle, pupille (sous tutelle judiciaire)…
in Turkish koğuş…
in Italian reparto, corsia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 醫院/監獄, 病房,病室, 牢房,囚室…
in Russian больничная палата…
in Polish oddział…
in Spanish sala, pupilo…
in Portuguese ala…
in German die Station, das Mündel…
in Catalan sala…
in Japanese 病室, 病棟…
in Chinese (Simplified) 医院/监狱, 病房,病室, 牢房,囚室…
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