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Definition of ward noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a separate room or area in a hospital for people with the same type of medical condition a maternity/surgical/psychiatric/children's, etc. ward He worked as a nurse on the children's ward.
  2. 2one of the areas into which a city is divided for local government elections
  3. 3(law) a person, especially a child, who is under the legal protection of a court or another person (called aguardian) The child was made a ward of the court.
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