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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ward v. t. [imp. & p. p. Warded; p. pr. & vb. n. Warding.]
 1. To keep in safety; to watch; to guard; formerly, in a specific sense, to guard during the day time.
 Whose gates he found fast shut, no living wight
 To ward the same.   --Spenser.
 2. To defend; to protect.
 Tell him it was a hand that warded him
 From thousand dangers.   --Shak.
 3. To defend by walls, fortifications, etc.  [Obs.]
 4. To fend off; to repel; to turn aside, as anything mischievous that approaches; -- usually followed by off.
    Now wards a felling blow, now strikes again.   --Daniel.
    The pointed javelin warded off his rage.   --Addison.
    It instructs the scholar in the various methods of warding off the force of objections.   --I. Watts.