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"ward" in British English

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wardnoun [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] (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.

-wardsuffix

uk   / -wəd/  us   / -wɚd/
(Definition of ward from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ward" in American English

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wardnoun [C]

 us   /wɔrd/
  • ward noun [C] (HOSPITAL ROOM)

a large room in a hospital which is used for treating people with similar illnesses or conditions: the pediatric/maternity ward
  • ward noun [C] (PERSON)

law a person, esp. a child, who is legally under the protection or care of another person or of a court or government: The agency serves youths who are wards of the state.
  • ward noun [C] (AREA)

a political division within a city: the fifth ward
(Definition of ward from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“ward” in American English

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