transitive verb for·warn \fərˈwȯ(ə)rn\

Definition of forwarn


  1. :  forbid, prohibit

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Origin and Etymology of forwarn

Middle English forwernen, from Old English forwiernan, from for- + wiernan to forbid — more at for-, warn

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to cast off or become cast off

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