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noun [countable] ward pronunciation in British English /wɔː(r)d/
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  1. 1
    a large room in a hospital with beds for people to stay in

    Jo is a staff nurse working on the maternity ward.

    admit someone to a ward (=bring them into hospital to stay):

    When Julie was admitted to the ward she was still in a lot of pain.

  2. 2
    a small district that a city, town, or other area is divided into for local elections in the UK
  3. 3
    legal someone, especially a child, who is officially being looked after by a court of law or by someone who is not their parents. The person who looks after them is their guardian

    She was made a ward of court when her parents died.



used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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