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verb \ˈwȯrn\

Simple Definition of warn

  • : to tell (someone) about possible danger or trouble

  • : to tell (someone) to do or not to do something in order to avoid danger or trouble

Full Definition of warn

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to give notice to beforehand especially of danger or evil b :  to give admonishing advice to :  counsel c :  to call to one's attention :  inform

  3. 2 :  to order to go or stay away —often used with off

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to give a warning

warn·er noun

Examples of warn

  1. I had been warned about the difficulties of the job.

  2. She warned me that the stove was still hot.

  3. This won't be easy, he warned.

  4. Nobody warned me about the dangers.

  5. I warned him to be careful, but he didn't listen to me.

  6. She warned us not to go too close to the fire.



Origin of warn

Middle English, from Old English warnian; akin to Old High German warnōn to take heed, Old English wær careful, aware — more at wary


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with warn




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