verb be·ware \bi-ˈwer, bē-\

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

Full Definition of BEWARE

intransitive verb
:  to be on one's guard <beware of the dog>
transitive verb
:  to take care of <beware your wallet>
:  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


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