Definition of “ward” - English Dictionary

“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:

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:

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)