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"guardian" in British English

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guardiannoun [C]

uk   /ˈɡɑː.di.ən/  us   /ˈɡɑːr.di.ən/
a ​person who has the ​legalright 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 ​theirconsent before she has the ​operation.
formal someone who ​protects something: These three ​officialbodies are the guardians of the nation's ​countryside. a ​self-appointed guardian ofpublicmorals
(Definition of guardian from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"guardian" in American English

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guardiannoun [C]

 us   /ˈɡɑr·di·ən/
a ​person who has the ​legalright and ​responsibility of taking ​care of someone who is not ​responsible for his or her own ​care, such as a ​child whose ​parents have ​died
A guardian is also someone who ​protects something: She characterized the ​department as the guardian of the nation’s ​forests.
(Definition of guardian from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"guardian" in Business English

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guardiannoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈɡɑːdiən/
LAW a ​person who has the ​legalresponsibility to take ​care of someone who cannot take ​care of themselves, for ​example a child whose ​parents have died: The child's parent or guardian chooses which ​type of Child Trust Fund to ​open.
someone who ​protects something: The Bank of England's ​reputation as the guardian of ​financialstability has been ​tested by these ​events.
(Definition of guardian from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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