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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WARDED

He warded them off, holding the butt of the gun in front of him.

Matches are very convenient, but they must be warded from dampness.

Blow after blow he warded off, till at last his own arm was disabled.

What, then, would result if these disturbers could be warded off, one or all?

Jerry warded off the blows as well as he could, and tried to return them.

We prayed that the war might be warded off, but God disposed otherwise.

At a distance, and with Miss Grafton's aid, the blow will be warded off.

This was not the anticipated, warded danger, but the trick punch from nowhere.

I've got him warded off proposing, and while I guard against that it's all right.

The lightning, only to be warded by an esquire, was in them.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English weardian "to keep guard," from Proto-Germanic *wardojan- (cf. Old Saxon wardon, Old Norse varða "to guard," Old Frisian wardia, Middle Dutch waerden "to take care of," Old High German warten "to guard, look out for, expect," German warten "to wait, wait on, nurse, tend"), from *wardo- (see ward (n.)). French garder, Italian guardare, Spanish guardar are Germanic loan-words. Meaning "to parry, to fend off" (now usually with off) is recorded from 1570s. Related: Warded; warding.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.