A ranger is a person who takes care of a park or a piece of land. A park ranger makes sure the rules are followed and provides information to visitors.

Someone who takes a job as a forest ranger might patrol an area of wooded land, watching for fire danger and enforcing the rules. A ranger's tasks can vary from teaching kids about local plants and animals to fighting fires to arresting people who break laws in a state or national park. The original rangers were British employees of the king or queen who would "range" throughout the woods looking for poachers — people who illegally hunted on royal land.

Definitions of ranger
  1. noun
    an official who is responsible for managing and protecting an area of forest
    synonyms: fire warden, forest fire fighter
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    a forest fire fighter who is sent to battle remote and severe forest fires (often for days at a time)
    type of:
    fire fighter, fire-eater, firefighter, fireman
    a member of a fire department who tries to extinguish fires
    functionary, official
    a worker who holds or is invested with an office
    an official who is responsible for enforcing certain regulations or laws
  2. noun
    a member of a military unit trained as shock troops for hit-and-run raids
    synonyms: commando
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    type of:
    man, military man, military personnel, serviceman
    someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force
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