caution

noun
cau·​tion | \ ˈkȯ-shən How to pronounce caution (audio) \

Definition of caution

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : warning, admonishment Her comments were intended as a caution to us to protect our property.
2 : precaution a surgeon taking the caution of sterilizing his instruments
3 : prudent forethought to minimize risk Use caution when operating a chain saw.
4 : one that astonishes or commands attention some shoes you see … these days are a cautionEsquire

caution

verb
cautioned; cautioning\ ˈkȯ-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce caution (audio) \

Definition of caution (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to advise caution to : warn She cautioned him not to act rashly.

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Other Words from caution

Noun

cautionary \ ˈkȯ-​shə-​ˌner-​ē How to pronounce caution (audio) , -​ne-​rē \ adjective

Examples of caution in a Sentence

Noun You should use caution when operating the electric saw. He injected a note of caution in his talk. Her financial adviser urged caution before investing in the project. The roads are slippery: drive with extreme caution. Her comments were intended as a caution to us to protect our property. A note of caution: be sure that the electricity is off before you install the ceiling fan. She was given a caution by the magistrate. Verb Officials are cautioning that the war may continue for years. “Don't decide too quickly,” she cautioned. He was cautioned for speeding.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The annual Player of the Year banquet will not be held this year in an abundance of caution to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "ASWA Back/Linemen of the Year winners: Thompson duo sweeps 7A honors," 6 Jan. 2021 Out of an abundance of caution, Ware County Schools will delay reopening for students until Monday, January 11, 2021. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "2 Georgia school systems will delay reopening due to COVID-19 outbreak," 4 Jan. 2021 If 2020 saw an abundance of caution give way to a tentative and at times uneven return to play, 2021 will be a bridge year — a bridge, hopefully, to full-time normalcy for the athletes in our arenas and the fans who hope to populate them. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "When in 2021 will pro, college and youth sports return to normal?," 31 Dec. 2020 Even in Taiwan, one of the best-performing countries during the pandemic, signs of caution were evident. Washington Post, "Around the world, many are having ‘the quietest’ New Year’s Eve in memory," 31 Dec. 2020 Due to the surge in COVID cases and out of an abundance of caution, CBS Studios delayed resuming production by a week to Jan. 11 on a few of its shows, according to a person familiar with the matter who declined to be named. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "Health officials encourage filmmakers to pause work amid COVID-19 surge," 29 Dec. 2020 But Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter sounded a note of caution. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "Snapchat can thank India for its soaring stock price," 29 Dec. 2020 Audi spokesman Mark Dahncke said that Audi recorded no fires globally and that the recall was done out of an abundance of caution. Dallas News, "A Tesla Model S erupts in flames in Frisco, sparking new concerns about safety of older electric batteries," 28 Dec. 2020 News of the coronavirus and an impending lockdown was spreading quickly, and out of caution, many of our ticket buyers decided to stay home, likely glued to their devices for the latest update. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Looking back at 2020 in the arts: Leah Rosenthal: ‘We need to embrace what we’ve learned’," 27 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, health officials caution that the virus is not finished spreading through Wyoming and have urged residents to continue taking it seriously. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Robotic pets, Washington Monument, senators vaccinated: News from around our 50 states," 22 Dec. 2020 Though state aid makes up less than 10% of its revenues, OPRF officials caution a flat tax levy this year, combined with a potential loss of some state aid, would likely move up the need to seek an operating fund referendum. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "OPRF High School to seek flat tax levy, will identify up to $1.7 million in budget cuts," 25 Nov. 2020 Corporate policies may prohibit employees from using their work devices to access the social-media account, and caution against the inadvertent display of a company logo or office space in a photo posted online. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Election Tests Companies’ Policies on Social Media, Political Speech," 29 Oct. 2020 But, state health officials caution, the reporting is still too nascent and inconsistent for conclusions to be drawn. Faimon Roberts, NOLA.com, "Coronavirus cases in New Orleans area schools remain low as cases elsewhere tick up," 12 Oct. 2020 The president has made several trips to the state, flouting guidelines from health experts that caution against large gatherings. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Biden on defense in Nevada," 7 Oct. 2020 Fire officials caution against complacency: Fire officials on Tuesday cautioned crews battling the three major blazes in the Bay Area to remain vigilant and shirk complacency — even with full containment of the regional fires in sight. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "California Wildfires: Live Updates Aug. 31-Sept. 1," 3 Sep. 2020 With memories of 1956, and caution against the corruption of power, conservatives should hope his task is a success. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Viktor Orban’s Mandate," 20 Aug. 2020 State models indicate the curve of new infections is flattening, though officials caution it’s too early to relax precautions like masking and social distancing. Anchorage Daily News, "Tracking COVID-19 in Alaska: 495 new cases, no deaths reported Friday," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of caution

Noun

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1683, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caution

Noun

Latin caution-, cautio precaution, from cavēre to be on one's guard — more at hear

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Time Traveler for caution

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The first known use of caution was in 1566

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Caution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caution. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for caution

caution

noun
How to pronounce caution (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of caution

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: care taken to avoid danger or risk : a careful attitude or way of behaving
: a warning telling someone to be careful
British, law : a spoken official warning given to someone who has done something illegal but has not committed a serious crime

caution

verb

English Language Learners Definition of caution (Entry 2 of 2)

: to warn or tell (someone) about a possible danger, problem, etc.
British, law : to give a caution to (someone)

caution

noun
cau·​tion | \ ˈkȯ-shən How to pronounce caution (audio) \

Kids Definition of caution

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : care taken to avoid trouble or danger : precaution They approached the dog with caution.
2 : warning a word of caution

caution

verb
cautioned; cautioning

Kids Definition of caution (Entry 2 of 2)

: to warn about danger

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