fore·​warn | \ fȯr-ˈwȯrn How to pronounce forewarn (audio) \
forewarned; forewarning; forewarns

Definition of forewarn

transitive verb

: to warn in advance

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Examples of forewarn in a Sentence

I should forewarn you before you come to visit that we have a dog.
Recent Examples on the Web And health officials are concerned about what this outbreak could forewarn for flu activity across the U.S. as the season picks up. Julie Mazziotta,, 16 Nov. 2021 Normally, this might be used by a self-driving car that detects debris on the roadway and opts to forewarn other nearby self-driving cars. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 Their margin for error is literally zero, and so hiccups from a half-dozen centrists can forewarn a doomed agenda. Philip Elliott, Time, 16 Sep. 2021 Human drivers are expected to listen for ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, and other emergency vehicles that use their sirens to forewarn other drivers of their presence. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 As such, the AI driving system might emit a message to the passenger to forewarn them about the door handles as possibly being hot to handle, and likewise to be mindful of any interior items that might be overly hot. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Although the overall intent of Congress was to encourage more private suits, the government was concerned that FCA actions, if not sealed, might forewarn defendants of potential criminal investigations. Walter Pavlo, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Be forewarned that either side can be slippery when wet. Mike Campbell, Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2020 Yet before the Series began no one publicly campaigned to call off the games or forewarned Red Sox fans about the dangers of sitting in the bleachers, rubbing elbows and shaking hands. Randy Roberts And Johnny Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of forewarn

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Forewarn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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fore·​warn | \ fȯr-ˈwȯrn How to pronounce forewarn (audio) \
forewarned; forewarning

Kids Definition of forewarn

: to warn in advance

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