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Definition of Ward
Ward Ward, v. i.
1. To be vigilant; to keep guard.
2. To act on the defensive with a weapon.
She redoubling her blows drove the stranger to no
other shift than to ward and go back. --Sir P.
WardWard Ward, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Warded; p. pr. & vb. n.
Warding.] [OE. wardien, AS. weardian to keep, protect; akin
to OS. ward?n to watch, take care, OFries. wardia, OHG.
wart?n, G. warten to wait, wait on, attend to, Icel. var?a to
guarantee defend, Sw. v[*a]rda to guard, to watch; cf. OF.
warder, of German origin. See Ward, n., and cf. Award,
1. To keep in safety; to watch; to guard; formerly, in a
specific sense, to guard during the day time.
Whose gates he found fast shut, no living wight To
ward the same. --Spenser.
2. To defend; to protect.
Tell him it was a hand that warded him From thousand
3. To defend by walls, fortifications, etc. [Obs.]
4. To fend off; to repel; to turn aside, as anything
mischievous that approaches; -- usually followed by off.
Now wards a felling blow, now strikes again.
The pointed javelin warded off his rage. --Addison.
It instructs the scholar in the various methods of
warding off the force of objections. --I. Watts.
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