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caution

noun cau·tion \ ˈkȯ-shən \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of caution

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 caution
  • Esquire

cautionary

play \-shə-ˌner-ē, -ne-rē\ adjective

Examples of caution in a Sentence

  1. You should use caution when operating the electric saw.

  2. He injected a note of caution in his talk.

  3. Her financial adviser urged caution before investing in the project.

  4. The roads are slippery: drive with extreme caution.

  5. Her comments were intended as a caution to us to protect our property.

  6. A note of caution: be sure that the electricity is off before you install the ceiling fan.

  7. She was given a caution by the magistrate.

Recent Examples of caution from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of caution

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


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caution

verb

Definition of caution

cautioned; cautioning play \ˈkȯ-sh(ə-)niŋ\
transitive verb
: to advise caution to : warn
  • She cautioned him not to act rashly.

Examples of caution in a Sentence

  1. Officials are cautioning that the war may continue for years.

  2. “Don't decide too quickly,” she cautioned.

  3. He was cautioned for speeding.

Recent Examples of caution from the Web

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First Known Use of caution

1683



CAUTION Defined for English Language Learners

caution

noun

Definition of caution for English Language Learners

  • : care taken to avoid danger or risk : a careful attitude or way of behaving

  • : a warning telling someone to be careful

  • law : a spoken official warning given to someone who has done something illegal but has not committed a serious crime


caution

verb

Definition of caution for English Language Learners

  • : to warn or tell (someone) about a possible danger, problem, etc.

  • law : to give a caution to (someone)


CAUTION Defined for Kids

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caution

noun cau·tion \ ˈkȯ-shən \

Definition of caution for Students

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

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caution

verb

Definition of caution for Students

cautioned; cautioning
: to warn about danger


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