beware

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verb be·ware \bi-ˈwer, bē-\

Definition of beware

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to be on one's guard beware of the dog

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to take care of beware your wallet

  5. 2 :  to be wary of we must … beware the exceedingly tenuous generalization — Matthew Lipman

Examples of beware in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of beware from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of beware

Middle English been war, from been to be + war careful — more at be, ware


BEWARE Defined for English Language Learners

beware

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Definition of beware for English Language Learners

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


BEWARE Defined for Kids

beware

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verb be·ware \bi-ˈwer\

Definition of beware for Students

  1. :  to be cautious or careful beware of the dog He told them to beware. Hint: Beware is used only in the forms beware or to beware.



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