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[lahyf-gahrd] /ˈlaɪfˌgɑrd/
an expert swimmer employed, as at a beach or pool, to protect bathers from drowning or other accidents and dangers.
verb (used without object)
to work as a lifeguard.
1640-50; life + guard Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for lifeguard
  • lifeguard towers are often painted bright colors, making them more visible from the water.
  • The park also has restrooms and a lifeguard stand, making it the perfect spot for families to spend the day snorkeling.
  • There is a lifeguard at this beach, which is handicapped-accessible.
  • Bobby, pretending to be an exchange lifeguard, is soon accepted among the surfers.
  • But say a lifeguard comes along and trips and falls on the ball, squashing it into a two-dimensional pancake.
  • Applications will be provided prior to your lifeguard test at each facility.
British Dictionary definitions for lifeguard


a person present at a beach or pool to guard people against the risk of drowning Also called life-saver
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lifeguard

also life-guard, 1640s, "bodyguard of soldiers," from life (n.) + guard (n.), translating German leibgarde. Sense of "person paid to watch over bathers" is by 1896.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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