coastguard

[[t]ko͟ʊstgɑː(r)d[/t]]
coastguards
(in AM, usually use Coast Guard)
1) N-COUNT A coastguard is an official who watches the sea near a coast in order to get help for sailors when they need it and to stop illegal activities. [mainly BRIT]
N-SING: the N
The coastguard is the organization to which coastguards belong. [BRIT]

The survivors were lifted off by two helicopters, one from the Coastguard and one from the RAF.

2) N-COUNT The Coast Guard is a part of a country's military forces and is responsible for protecting the coast, carrying out rescues, and doing police work along the coast. [AM]

The US Coast Guard says it rescued more than 100 Haitian refugees.

N-COUNT
A Coast Guard is a member of the coastguard. [AM]

The boat was intercepted by US Coast Guards.


English dictionary. 2008.

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