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ware

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adjective \ˈwer\

Definition of ware

  1. 1 :  aware, conscious <was ware of black looks cast at me — Mary Webb>

  2. 2 archaic :  wary, vigilant



Examples of ware

  1. <he's ware of the dangers that await him in the Antarctic>



Origin of ware

Middle English war, ware careful, aware, from Old English wær — more at wary


First Known Use: before 12th century


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ware

verb

Definition of ware

waredwar·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to beware of :  avoid —used chiefly as a command to hunting animals



Origin of ware

Middle English, from Old English warian; akin to Old High German biwarōn to protect, Old English wær aware


First Known Use: before 12th century


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ware

noun

Simple Definition of ware

  • : things that are made from a particular material or that are designed for a particular use

  • wares : things that are being sold by someone

Full Definition of ware

  1. 1 a :  manufactured articles, products of art or craft, or farm produce :  goods —often used in combination <tinware> b :  an article of merchandise

  2. 2 :  articles (as pottery or dishes) of fired clay <earthenware>

  3. 3 :  an intangible item (as a service or ability) that is a marketable commodity

Examples of ware

  1. She sold her wares at the market.



Origin of ware

Middle English, from Old English waru; akin to Middle High German ware ware and probably to Sanskrit vasna price — more at venal


First Known Use: before 12th century

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ware

verb

Definition of ware

waredwar·ing

Scottish

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  spend, expend



Origin of ware

Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse verja (past participle varithr, varthr to clothe, invest, spend — more at wear


First Known Use: 14th century




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