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Definition of ward verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ward

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//wɔːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɔːrd//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ward
BrE BrE//wɔːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɔːrd//
 
he / she / it wards
BrE BrE//wɔːdz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//wɔːrdz//
 
past simple warded
BrE BrE//ˈwɔːdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːrdɪd//
 
past participle warded
BrE BrE//ˈwɔːdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːrdɪd//
 
-ing form warding
BrE BrE//ˈwɔːdɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːrdɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Origin Old English weard (originally referring to ‘the action of keeping a lookout for danger’, also ‘body of guards’), weardian ‘keep safe, guard’, of Germanic origin; reinforced in Middle English by Old Northern French warde (noun), warder (verb) ‘guard’. Phrasal Verbsward off somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ward