prewarn

verb
pre·​warn | \ ˌprē-ˈwȯrn How to pronounce prewarn (audio) \
variants: or pre-warn
prewarned or pre-warned; prewarning or pre-warning

Definition of prewarn

transitive verb

: to warn (someone) beforehand : forewarn … in 1951, the network began to unravel, and two of its members, Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess, prewarned by fellow conspirators, jumped the night ferry to St.-Malo …— Stephen Koch

First Known Use of prewarn

circa 1624, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prewarn was circa 1624

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“Prewarn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prewarn. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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