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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Recent Examples on the Web Buyer beware: The bedrock metrics show that stocks have simply gone from outrageously overpriced to extremely overpriced. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "With stocks down sharply are we approaching ‘buy’ territory? Not by a longshot.," 3 Mar. 2020 Vegans beware: Spoke does splash some beef broth into its tomato base. Adam Lukach,, "10 of Chicago’s best bloody marys — dialed-down or decked-out — for brunch," 19 Sep. 2019 Witch doctors beware: Facebook will no longer allow advertisements guaranteeing a cure for the mysterious SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Facebook bans advertisements promising cures for coronavirus," 26 Feb. 2020 With summer here, the small inside dining room can get stuffy and the outdoor seating may actually provide better comfort with more breeze, but beware the buzzing flies. Michael Mayo,, "All-day breakfast: A critic’s guide to 5 egg-centric new eateries," 5 June 2019 Parents should also beware of flat cradles that are soft and plush or have pillows. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Parents warned to stop using Fisher-Price Rock ’n Plays now," 30 Jan. 2020 One key stat Wentz should beware: The Seattle defense forced 18 fumbles in the regular season, second most in the league. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Which wild-card team has best chance to make deep run in NFL playoffs?," 6 Jan. 2020 Audience members headed to the Lyceum Theater in New York City for A Christmas Carol should beware: Your holiday spirit is about to be tested. Ruth Kinane,, "A Christmas Carol on Broadway is dreary and delightful, as Dickens intended it to be: Review," 21 Nov. 2019 Drivers should beware of delays on southbound I-71/75, according to the Traffic Response and Incident Management Assisting the River Cities. Madeline Mitchell,, "Traffic: Delays on I-71/75 just past Brent Spence Bridge in Kenton County, Kentucky," 25 Oct. 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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The first known use of beware was in the 13th century

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15 Mar 2020

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“Beware.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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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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