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 Republicans also point to divides inside the Democratic caucus about how long to pursue -- and how seriously to take -- any bipartisan effort as another signal for caution. Phil Mattingly And Lauren Fox, CNN, 24 May 2021 Children Now, Public Advocates, the National Center for Youth Law and Californians Together called for caution as schools are wrapping up this school year and looking ahead to the fall with uncertainty. Emma Talley, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2021 Still, Jens Spahn called for caution as authorities move toward allowing a more normal life, urging officials to hold off on fully reopening restaurants and calling for Germans to choose vacation destinations carefully. Geir Moulson, Star Tribune, 14 May 2021 Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, however, notes the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the health of starting big men Kristaps Porzingis and Maxi Kleber as reasons for caution, if not concern. Dallas News, 8 May 2021 One clear takeaway across partisan lines was a need for caution in interpretation. Josh Boak, chicagotribune.com, 7 May 2021 One clear takeaway across partisan lines was a need for caution in interpretation. Josh Boak, ajc, 7 May 2021 Some analysts had urged for caution to the news prior to Merkel’s announcement. Ishika Mookerjee, Fortune, 7 May 2021 The other reason for caution is an absence of information showing that a Kremlin leader authorized Unit 29155 to offer bounties to Afghan militants. New York Times, 7 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the researchers caution that their ability to draw firm conclusions from their review was limited by inconsistencies among the studies and, in some cases, flaws. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 May 2021 State health officials have placed the blame on highly contagious new variants now spreading in the state, as health experts caution national vaccination efforts are a race against the contagious strains. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 The sale of wild animals does present health risks — though experts caution against a global ban — but wet markets rarely sell wildlife at all. Sam Sontag, TheWeek, 20 Sep. 2020 Though researchers caution that numbers could shift as the outbreak progresses, the new coronavirus’s fatality rate appears to be around 2 percent. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Mar. 2020 The situation was aggravating but harmless, but real estate agents caution that homeowners can get into trouble by covertly monitoring prospective buyers. BostonGlobe.com, 9 May 2021 The uptick in family violence killings in 2020 was mirrored in cities across the U.S., though experts caution that it’s too soon to rush to judgment. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, 7 May 2021 And one frighteningly common one is the equation of science with truth, fear with realism, and caution with virtue. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 3 May 2021 Many demographers caution it’s too early to conclude that the nation’s once-a-decade count missed any specific population groups. Anchorage Daily News, 28 Apr. 2021

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Caution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caution. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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caution

noun

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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