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caution

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noun cau·tion \ˈkȯ-shən\

Simple Definition of caution

  • : care taken to avoid danger or risk : a careful attitude or way of behaving

  • : a warning telling someone to be careful

  • law : a spoken official warning given to someone who has done something illegal but has not committed a serious crime

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of caution

  1. 1 :  warning, admonishment

  2. 2 :  precaution

  3. 3 :  prudent forethought to minimize risk

  4. 4 :  one that astonishes or commands attention <some shoes you see … these days are a cautionEsquire>

cautionary play \-shə-ˌner-ē, -ne-rē\ adjective

Examples of caution in a sentence

  1. You should use caution when operating the electric saw.

  2. He injected a note of caution in his talk.

  3. Her financial adviser urged caution before investing in the project.

  4. The roads are slippery: drive with extreme caution.

  5. Her comments were intended as a caution to us to protect our property.

  6. A note of caution: be sure that the electricity is off before you install the ceiling fan.

  7. She was given a caution by the magistrate.



Origin of caution

Latin caution-, cautio precaution, from cavēre to be on one's guard — more at hear


First Known Use: 1566


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caution

verb, cau·tion

Simple Definition of caution

  • : to warn or tell (someone) about a possible danger, problem, etc.

  • law : to give a caution to (someone)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of caution

cautionedcautioning play \ˈkȯ-sh(ə-)niŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to advise caution to :  warn

Examples of caution in a sentence

  1. Officials are cautioning that the war may continue for years.

  2. Don't decide too quickly, she cautioned.

  3. He was cautioned for speeding.



1683

First Known Use of caution

1683



CAUTION Defined for Kids

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caution

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noun cau·tion \ˈkȯ-shən\

Definition of caution for Students

  1. 1 :  care taken to avoid trouble or danger :  precaution <They approached the dog with caution.>

  2. 2 :  warning <a word of caution>




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caution

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verb cau·tion

Definition of caution for Students

cautionedcautioning

  1. :  to warn about danger





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