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English definition of “ward”

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

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.
(Definition of ward noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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