be·​ware | \ bi-ˈwer How to pronounce beware (audio) , bē-\

Definition of beware

intransitive verb

: to be on one's guard beware of the dog

transitive verb

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

A ghostly voice cried “Beware!”. He told them to beware. The restaurant's food is excellent, but beware the chili if you don't like spicy food.
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Farmers must beware of the regulations that still apply. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "Hemp — and hope — sprouts in Minnesota fields," 16 June 2019 And beware the cheap champagne that flies by on its geographic laurels. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Beyond Champagne: The Best Fizzy Drinks For New Year’s Eve," 21 Dec. 2018 Book ahead—it’s crowded and festive on weekends—and beware that the signature drink, a watermelon mojito, goes down all too easily. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide," 26 Dec. 2018 Beachgoers beware: Portuguese Man O’Wars sightings and stings have been on the rise on at least one beach in South Carolina. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "South Carolina beach sees rise in Man O'War stings, sightings, officials say," 10 Aug. 2018 For those who care about following the Constitution, for those who want Mr. Trump—or any president—to be in possession of his full constitutional powers, this is a time to beware. Seth Lipsky, WSJ, "Let’s Not Make an Unconstitutional Deal," 13 Jan. 2019 Cut a slit in the latex with scissors (beware your neck, though!), and fill the slit with blush, red makeup, and fake blood. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "The Scariest Halloween Makeup Tutorials," 8 Oct. 2018 But followers beware, says nutrition researcher Michelle Harvie. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 Wochit Motorcyclists beware: This is the second-worst time of the year for deer running into traffic on Wisconsin's roads and highways. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This is the second-worst time of year for deer accidents. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable, and body shops are busy.," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of beware

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for beware

Middle English been war, from been "to be" + war "cognizant, ware entry 1"

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English Language Learners Definition of beware

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


be·​ware | \ bi-ˈwer How to pronounce beware (audio) \

Kids Definition of beware

: 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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