\ˈwȯrm \

Definition of warm 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : having or giving out heat to a moderate or adequate degree warm weather a warm fire

b : serving to maintain or preserve heat especially to a satisfactory degree a warm sweater

c : feeling or causing sensations of heat brought about by strenuous exertion

2 : comfortably established : secure

3a : marked by strong feeling : ardent

b : marked by excitement, disagreement, or anger the argument grew warm

4 : marked by or readily showing affection, gratitude, cordiality, or sympathy a warm welcome warm regards

5 : emphasizing or exploiting sexual imagery or incidents

6 : accompanied or marked by extreme danger or duress

7 : newly made : fresh a warm scent

8 : having the color or tone of something that imparts heat specifically : of a hue in the range yellow through orange to red

9 : near to a goal, object, or solution sought not there yet but getting warm


warmed; warming; warms

Definition of warm (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make warm

2a : to infuse with a feeling of love, friendship, well-being, or pleasure

b : to fill with anger, zeal, or passion

3 : to reheat (cooked food) for eating often used with over

4 : to make ready for operation or performance by preliminary exercise or operation often used with up

intransitive verb

1 : to become warm

2a : to become ardent, interested, or receptive usually used with to or toward warmed to the idea

b : to become filled with affection or love used with to or toward

3 : to experience feelings of pleasure : bask

4 : to become ready for operation or performance by preliminary activity often used with up



Definition of warm (Entry 3 of 3)

: warmly usually used in combination warm-clad

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Other Words from warm


warmish \ˈwȯr-​mish \ adjective
warmness \ˈwȯrm-​nəs \ noun

Examples of warm in a Sentence


Be sure to keep warm when you go outside. We sat by the fire to stay warm. It's too warm in here. We should open a window. The sunshine was warm on my face. We were met with a warm welcome. She has a warm and friendly nature. The letter was signed, “warmest regards.” She gave us each a long, warm hug. Keep going; you're getting warm.


He warmed his hands in front of the fire. We warmed ourselves by the fire. Air rises when it warms.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Now is the time to get one of their seriously warm and iconic winter jackets. Glamour, "All The Cyber Monday Fashion Deals You Need to Know," 25 Nov. 2018 As a result, Netflix’s reboot is warm and cheerful while not dismissing anyone’s emotions, especially those that younger viewers can relate to. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power honors and challenges the original She-Ra.," 21 Nov. 2018 With warm weather, blue skies and miles of lush scenery to enjoy, Condé Nast Traveler, in partnership with Booking.com, is officially calling it road trip season. Condé Naste Traveler: Post, "The Best Summer Road Trips," 26 Oct. 2018 Other forecasters, like The Old Farmer’s Almanac, agree the season will be warm and wet. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "NOAA Predicts Winter Is Going to Be Warmer Than Usual for Most of the United States," 22 Oct. 2018 Exercising outdoors in warm weather or inside a steamy gym can challenge your body’s natural cooling system. Trihealth, Cincinnati.com, "Protect yourself from heat-related illness," 25 June 2018 The strips, for cats and dogs, are made in Woodinville and pack Omega-3s into every delicious bite. $5 at Mud Bay Keep your dog warm and fashionable in an adorable snood made of highly reflective yarn in teal, purple or black. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Best pet gifts for your four-legged friends," 14 Nov. 2018 Book a treatment in one of two open-air treehouses, followed by a moment or two in the Purification Gardens for warm and cool pools, waterfall showers, and steam pavilions. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "Puerto Rico's Dorado Beach Is a Bit of Bali, Three Hours from Home," 12 Nov. 2018 Like the brand's Gingerbread Man ruddy, red-orange lipstick from last year, Gingerbread Girl smells warm and buttery. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Too Faced's Gingerbread Lipstick Is the Only Thing I Want to Wear All Winter," 6 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But emissions are far too high to limit warming to such an extent. Chris Mooney, The Seattle Times, "‘We are in trouble.’ Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018.," 5 Dec. 2018 Drinks were modeled after the four elements—Air, Earth, Fire, and Water—and enjoyed before guests moved into the ballroom for delectable and warming nibbles such as truffle lobster risotto and the signature chicken pie. Vogue, "Diane von Furstenberg and Edward Enninful Host One Celestial Bash at Claridge’s," 30 Nov. 2018 Even partial emissions cuts that halt warming a few degrees Fahrenheit sooner could cut that almost in half. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "US tries to bury report on climate change’s dire health, economic impacts," 26 Nov. 2018 If oceans warmed, this unfortunate topography could cause rapid and irreversible retreat. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "East Antarctica's Sleeping Giant Awakes," 17 Aug. 2018 The soup itself is more method than recipe: First, warm the olive oil in a soup pot. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Soup for All Seasons (Even Summer)," 6 July 2018 In a small pan, heat 1 cup milk over medium heat just until warmed. Noelle Carter, charlotteobserver, "Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes," 6 July 2018 The Rays were headed to the bottom of the 16th with a 9-4 lead, and one of their last available relievers had just been seen warming in the pen. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "The Rays and Marlins Played An Incredibly Strange Game on Tuesday Night," 4 July 2018 But since the 1970s, stress levels have been steadily climbing again, keeping step with warming ocean waters. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Whales are stressed out by climate change, and it shows in their earwax," 16 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The meteorologist said a ridge of high pressure to Idaho’s southeast is what’s keeping temperatures warm here, along with causing thunderstorms, particularly in the Magic Valley. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Boise is feeling the heat: Saturday temperatures hit a record high for the date," 9 July 2017

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First Known Use of warm


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for warm


Middle English, from Old English wearm; akin to Old High German warm warm and probably to Lithuanian virti to cook, boil

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English Language Learners Definition of warm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: somewhat hot : not cool or cold

: causing or allowing you to feel warm

: feeling or showing friendship and affection



English Language Learners Definition of warm (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become warm or to make (someone or something) warm


\ˈwȯrm \
warmer; warmest

Kids Definition of warm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : somewhat hot warm milk

2 : giving off a little heat a warm stove

3 : making a person feel heat or experience no loss of body heat warm clothing

4 : having a feeling of warmth His hands are warm.

5 : showing strong feeling a warm welcome

6 : newly made : fresh a warm scent

7 : near the object sought Keep going, you're getting warm.

8 : of a color in the range yellow through orange to red

Other Words from warm

warmly adverb


warmed; warming

Kids Definition of warm (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make or become warm

2 : to give a feeling of warmth

3 : to become more interested than at first They began to warm to the idea.

warm up

1 : to exercise or practice lightly in preparation for more strenuous activity or a performance

2 : to run (as a motor) at slow speed before using

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