ward - definition and synonyms

verb 

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/wɔː(r)d/
present tense
I/you/we/theyward
he/she/itwards
present participlewarding
past tensewarded
past participlewarded

phrasal verb

ward off

[transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyward off
he/she/itwards off
present participlewarding off
past tensewarded off
past participlewarded off
to do something to prevent someone or something from harming you

Sheila carried a knife to ward off attacks.