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warning

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noun warn·ing \ˈwȯr-niŋ\

Simple Definition of warning

  • : something (such as an action or a statement) that tells someone about possible danger or trouble

  • : a statement that tells a person that bad or wrong behavior will be punished if it happens again

Full Definition of warning

  1. 1 :  the act of warning :  the state of being warned <he had warning of his illness>

  2. 2 :  something that warns or serves to warn; especially :  a notice or bulletin that alerts the public to an imminent hazard (as a tornado, thunderstorm, or flood)

Examples of warning

  1. She gave me a warning about the difficulties of the job.

  2. She issued a stern warning against making changes too quickly.

  3. Let that be a warning to you.

  4. We had no warning of the dangers that were ahead of us.

  5. Without any warning she turned around and ran.

  6. The storm struck without warning.

  7. I was stopped for speeding, but the policeman just gave me a warning.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of warning

before 12th century

Rhymes with warning


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warning

adjective warn·ing

Definition of warning

  1. :  serving as an alarm, signal, summons, or admonition <a warning bell> <a warning shot>

warn·ing·ly play \ˈwȯr-niŋ-lē\ adverb


Examples of warning

  1. <usually gave her trademark warning look when the children were getting out of hand>



1511

First Known Use of warning

1511



WARNING Defined for Kids

warning

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noun warn·ing \ˈwȯr-niŋ\

Definition of warning

  1. :  something that cautions of possible danger or trouble <storm warnings>





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