Word of the Day: Ward

By Daniel Scocco

Ward (wôrd) has several meanings. It can be a specific area of a city, prison, castle, hospital and the like. To ward means to guard or protect, and the person who guards can also be called ward. Finally, the expression to ward off is commonly used to express the act of repelling something.

Ten years after the AIDS epidemic began, College Hospital Costa Mesa on Monday will open Orange County’s first ward dedicated to treating patients infected with the deadly virus (LATimes.com)

Both moves are designed to ward off the conservatism that can set in as companies mature. (Economist.com)

Click here to get access to 800+ interactive grammar exercises!


Share


8 Responses to “Word of the Day: Ward”

  • Brad K.

    Then a warden would be one who wards? And a swish-ward (s-ward or sword) would be a ward tool?

    Because a sward is the grassy surface of land, or green turf. (from OE sweard – skin or rind. I guess like Gaia Skin?)

    Now I know a ward is to protect, and a bond is something that binds or connects, but a Ward Bond is to the Beaver as Dad is to Son. Heh.

  • Colette

    I wonder if the word “War” comes out of the word ward” or if they have anything to do with one another.

  • Paul Russell

    In SEAsia, “to ward” can mean to be admitted to a ward of a hospital… as in, he has been warded at the General Hospital.

    –paul

  • ATP

    Colette, maybe ward, when used in relation to war, may referr to where prisoners of war are held…I don’t know.

    Because ward does mean prison, so maybe you’re right…

  • Junior

    I wonder if the word “ward” has something to do with “award”. I know one letter more/less in a word sometimes changes their meaning completely. for example the word danger and anger.

  • Peach

    The one who is guarded can also be called a ward, as in “ward of the state.”

  • Hugh Ashton

    A ward is also a part of a lock.

  • Dev

    The multi-meaning phrase “ward” etymologically,rather unambiguously mean with respect to a child uncared, unsecured,unattended and unable to maintain itself ‘ to be under care and custody’ of guardian,teacher,bishop,head of a Home or the like.It includes such person under guardianship of a court of law.

Leave a comment: