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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Bottle buyers beware: High levels of arsenic in bottled water sold at Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, study says GLUTEN-FREE Your burger no longer has to be bunless. Madeline Purdue, USA TODAY, "Your guide to a meatless, dairy-free and gluten-free Fourth of July barbecue," 28 June 2019 But beware that honey, like many botanical ingredients, can cause irritation or even an allergic reaction. Jaime Osnato, SELF, "I Washed My Face With Manuka Honey for a Week—Here’s What Happened," 6 June 2019 To paraphrase a common warning: caveat suffragator — let the voter beware! Quanta Magazine, "How Can We Tell Which Forecasts Are True?," 13 Oct. 2016 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

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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


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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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