\ 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 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

Other Words from warm


warmish \ ˈwȯr-​mish How to pronounce warm (audio) \ adjective
warmness \ ˈwȯrm-​nəs How to pronounce warm (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The weather is still warm, while hotels and local attractions are more affordable (and manageable). Annie O’sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 3 Aug. 2022 Your showers should be warm, as super hot water might dry out your skin and make eczema symptoms look or feel worse. Mara Santilli, SELF, 3 Aug. 2022 The 2019 vintage was warm, so it is considered to be between 2015 and 2017 in terms of climatic conditions. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 But Taggart’s tone was uptalk-adjacent, and his smile was warm. Tad Friend, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 On the morning of July 8, Janice Tappin-Miller is warm, but the undercurrent of grief is strong. Brooklyn White, Essence, 1 Aug. 2022 The first half of 2022 has been exceptionally warm across much of Southern’s service area. Drew Kann, ajc, 28 July 2022 Gina Gershon is warm for Jennifer Tilly’s form and vice versa in the Wachowskis’ erotic 1996 thriller. Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2022 Low temperatures will also be abnormally warm — only dipping to near 80 in the city Saturday and Sunday nights, with 70s elsewhere. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The report said that climate change continues to warm and acidify the ocean, and several marine heat waves on the Great Barrier Reef, along the country’s northeast coast, were accompanied by significant coral bleaching events. New York Times, 19 July 2022 This highly efficient device runs entirely on electricity, extracting heat from outdoor air to warm a home and then reversing that flow in the summer to act like an air conditioner. Wired, 16 July 2022 This perhaps makes Danilo are more attractive prospect that Neves, then, who given his experience and price tag would not expect to land in Catalonia to warm the bench and act as Busquets' number two. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 11 June 2022 Read lay on top of him in an attempt to warm his body and administered CPR, according to the affidavit. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2022 Breathe through your nose: Many people turn into mouth breathers when their heart starts pumping, but nose breathing will warm and humidify air more than your mouth will. Ashley Abramson, SELF, 26 May 2022 Temperatures warm further and storm odds increase a bit this weekend. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Japanese believe that udon can warm your stomach and are great to eat before or after a serving of sashimi or sushi. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Nico’s has been making New Zealand-style ice cream in this location since November, but now, as the days begin to warm and daffodils, tulips and cherry blossoms explode all over town, the time is just right for an afternoon ice cream cone. oregonlive, 29 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb On Instagram, Lipa shared photos of herself frolicking through the streets of Portugal this week while wearing a warm-toned minidress, patterned with palm trees and sandy beaches. Melody Leibner, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 June 2022 Antonoff fooled around with some simple keyboard voicings on a warm-sounding vintage synth, then programmed a spare, mid-tempo track on a drum machine. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 The family’s custom apparel shop, which Renee ran, printed the team’s warm-up gear. Karin Brulliard And Adria Malcolm, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Apr. 2022 As important as Tuesday’s races were, they might best be seen as warm-up acts to more consequential elections ahead. Rick Klein, ABC News, 11 May 2022 But in recent years the weather has been staying warm later, Mr. Zhang said, so the wheat has a chance to germinate before winter frosts force it into dormancy. New York Times, 11 May 2022 The family’s custom apparel shop, which Renee ran, printed the team’s warm-up gear. Karin Brulliard And Adria Malcolm, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Apr. 2022 The family’s custom apparel shop, which Renee ran, printed the team’s warm-up gear. Karin Brulliard And Adria Malcolm, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Apr. 2022 The family’s custom apparel shop, which Renee ran, printed the team’s warm-up gear. Karin Brulliard And Adria Malcolm, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for 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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