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ware

adjective \ ˈwer \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of ware

1 :aware, conscious
  • was ware of black looks cast at me
  • —Mary Webb
2 archaic :wary, vigilant

Examples of ware in a Sentence

  1. he's ware of the dangers that await him in the Antarctic

Origin and Etymology of ware

Middle English war, ware "cognizant, watchful, prudent," going back to Old English wær, going back to Germanic *wara- (whence Old Saxon war "aware, careful," Old High German gewar, Old Norse varr, Gothic wars), going back to Indo-European *u̯oro-, ablaut derivative of *u̯er- "observe, perceive," whence Latin verērī "to show reverence for, fear," Tocharian B wär-sk- "smell (transitive and intransitive)," Latvian vērties "to look, watch," vērot "to observe," and perhaps Greek horáō, horân "to look, see"
Note: Greek horáō, horân has alternatively been seen as an outcome of an Indo-European base *ser- "keep an eye on, protect."


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ware

verb

Definition of ware

wared; waring
transitive verb
:to beware of :avoid used chiefly as a command to hunting animals

Origin and Etymology of ware

Middle English waren "to be mindful, be on guard," going back to Old English warian "to be wary, guard, protect," going back to Germanic *warōjan- (whence Old Saxon waron "to attend to, protect," Old High German biwarōn, Old Norse vara "to warn," varask "to be on one's guard"), derivative of *wara- "aware" — more at 1ware


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ware

noun

Definition of ware

1 a :manufactured articles, products of art or craft, or farm produce :goods often used in combination
  • tinware
b :an article of merchandise
2 :articles (such as pottery or dishes) of fired clay
  • earthenware
3 :an intangible item (such as a service or ability) that is a marketable commodity

Examples of ware in a Sentence

  1. She sold her wares at the market.

Origin and Etymology of ware

Middle English, from Old English waru; akin to Middle High German ware ware and probably to Sanskrit vasna price — more at venal

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ware

verb

Definition of ware

wared; waring
transitive verb
Scotland

Origin and Etymology of ware

Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse verja (past participle varithr, varthr to clothe, invest, spend — more at wear



WARE Defined for English Language Learners

ware

noun

Definition of ware for English Language Learners

  • : things that are made from a particular material or that are designed for a particular use

  • wares : things that are being sold by someone


WARE Defined for Kids

ware

noun \ ˈwer \

Definition of ware for Students

1 :manufactured articles or products of art or craft often used in combination
  • silverware
2 :items (as dishes) of baked clay :pottery
3 :an article of merchandise
  • Merchants were selling their wares.


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