beware

verb be·ware \ bi-ˈwer , bē- \
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

Definition of beware

: to be on one's guard
  • beware of the dog
1 : to take care of
  • beware your wallet
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 "cognizant, 1ware"


BEWARE Defined for English Language Learners

beware

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

verb be·ware \ bi-ˈwer \

Definition of beware for Students

: 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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