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beware

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verb be·ware \bi-ˈwer, bē-\

Simple Definition of beware

  • : to be careful : to act in a way that shows you know that there may be danger or trouble

Full Definition of beware

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to be on one's guard <beware of the dog>

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to take care of <beware your wallet>

  5. 2 :  to be wary of <we must…beware the exceedingly tenuous generalization — Matthew Lipman>

Examples of beware

  1. A ghostly voice cried Beware!.

  2. He told them to beware.

  3. The restaurant's food is excellent, but beware the chili if you don't like spicy food.



Origin of beware

Middle English been war, from been to be + war careful — more at be, ware


First Known Use: 14th century


BEWARE Defined for Kids

beware

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verb be·ware \bi-ˈwer\

Definition of beware

  1. :  to be cautious or careful <beware of the dog> <He told them to beware.> Hint: Beware is used only in the forms beware or to beware.





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