\ ˈwȯrm How to pronounce warm (audio) \

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 towardwarmed 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 combinationwarm-clad

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Other Words from warm


warmish \ ˈwȯr-​mish How to pronounce warmish (audio) \ adjective
warmness \ ˈwȯrm-​nəs How to pronounce warmness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for warm

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of warm in a Sentence

Adjective 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. Verb 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 The storm will pass Tuesday night with typical warm, humid August weather in its wake. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Flooding threat as rains from Isaias surge north late today through Tuesday," 3 Aug. 2020 The long-lasting high-pressure system, the extreme temperatures, the wildfires, the warm ocean waters and the disappearance of sea ice along the Russian coast are all remarkable events. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "With Fires, Heat and a Cyclone, Arctic Breaks Melting Record," 31 July 2020 Plus, the agent surge is only likely to last until fall, when the city’s usual spike in violence typically recedes along with the warm weather. Mick Dumke, ProPublica, "Bill Barr Has Done This Before," 31 July 2020 In years past, Memorial Day signified the beginning of warm weather, beach days and backyard BBQs. Ben Dandridge-lemco, WSJ, "The Summer Without a Song," 31 July 2020 Every woman knows the importance of having stylish throw-on-and-go pieces in her warm-weather wardrobe that will take the guesswork out of getting dressed on hot and sticky summer days. Rebecca Carhart, PEOPLE.com, "This Lightweight Maxi Dress Has Rave Reviews on Amazon — and It’s Less Than $36," 31 July 2020 Were a pandemic season commencing in April, players could almost employ the mask as part of their standard early-season, warm-weather garb. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB players have been wearing masks on the field – and that could extend into actual games," 12 July 2020 Lake Erie walleye still hanging around warm, shallow waters With Lake Erie water temperatures rising, anglers expect walleye to head to deeper, cooler waters. cleveland, "Catfish, walleye limits to be liberalized: Northeast Ohio fishing report for Thursday, July 9," 9 July 2020 Storms feed off warm ocean waters and can grow stronger under those conditions. Taylor Ward, CNN, "20 named storms predicted for hurricane season, the most since 2005," 7 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The end of the work week will warm to near 80 degrees under mostly sunny afternoon skies. oregonlive, "Portland metro Friday weather: Sunny skies after morning clouds clear; high 80," 10 July 2020 To cause a mass extinction that unfolded over a mere tens of thousands of years, somehow all that carbon had to suddenly burn off and rapidly warm the whole planet. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Epic Siberian Journey to Solve a Mass Extinction Mystery," 6 July 2020 But the two came together for a heart-to-heart that will warm yours. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "8 Couples, 8 Sweet Love Stories On Netflix’s Say I Do," 2 July 2020 Throw the pitas on the grill for a minute to warm them up. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "Chrissy Teigen shares her favorite recipes for the Fourth of July," 1 July 2020 In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk and butter, stirring a few times, just until the butter melts. Kara Elder, Washington Post, "A Serbian Croatian pancake meets Italian flavors in this family recipe mash-up," 1 July 2020 The influential online liberal organization MoveOn endorsed Joe Biden for president Wednesday, a sign that progressives are starting to warm to his candidacy. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "MoveOn endorses Joe Biden, a sign that progressives are embracing him," 1 July 2020 But without power, their pilsner began to warm quickly. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "The June 2012 Mid-Atlantic derecho gave birth to a new beer, and it’s still brewed today," 29 June 2020 The commercial aim is to warm them up to subscribe to the newspaper. The Economist, "Radio killed the video star Times Radio tries to lure listeners to the paper," 27 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb For example, some species that expand into poleward regions as waters warm may imperil local fisheries, Genner says. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Ocean Species Are Shifting toward the Poles," 27 Mar. 2020 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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The first known use of warm was before the 12th century

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6 Aug 2020

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“Warm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warm. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce warm (audio) \
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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