\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

Forecasters expect warmer than normal temperatures in July, August and September across the Carolinas. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Sweaty days are on the rise in Charlotte, and they can send you to the hospital," 11 July 2018 The whirlpools are created by intersecting oceanic currents that are slightly warmer than the surrounding waters, allowing heat to penetrate more deeply than usual into the twilight zone. Brian J. Skerry, National Geographic, "Why Great White Sharks Hang Out in Warm Whirlpools," 19 June 2018 Alicia has been a beloved character since Fear began—and genre fans were likely already warm on actress Debnam Carey because of her performance on the CW’s The 100, where her character Lexa’s death stirred serious controversy. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Fear the Walking Dead Star on Her Character’s Death: “I Was Heartbroken”," 11 June 2018 Cloud cover and moisture helped keep temperatures warmer than average, O'Malley said. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "At 94 degrees, Phoenix breaks highest low on record for July 6," 6 July 2018 Japan's 4-2 win over Paraguay in their final World Cup warm-up match was their first victory of 2018, after a draw and three defeats. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Belgium vs Japan - Recent Form, Team News, Previous Encounter & More," 1 July 2018 At a recent World Cup warm-up match at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Mexico’s national soccer team was missing one of its biggest stars: Rafael Marquez, the team’s captain and a legendary defender. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "Mexico's World Cup star is accused of helping a drug lord," 15 June 2018 With Brazil’s Neymar looking in form after returning from injury and scoring in both warm-up friendlies against Croatia and Austria, the Brazilians could live up to their tag as tournament favorites. Siobhan Morrin, Time, "Your Ultimate Guide to Watching the 2018 World Cup," 13 June 2018 The difference was so apparent, in fact, that in 2017 Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, chose Krasnodar to take FIFA President Gianni Infantino on a tour before last year’s World Cup warm-up tournament, the Confederations Cup. New York Times, "Russia’s Most Soccer-Mad City, Excluded From the World Cup," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

November is the time when cold creeps in, but not in Florida, and this year's EDC Orlando lineup is sure to warm your heart and your dancing feet. Kat Bein, Billboard, "EDC Orlando 2018 Lineup: Tiesto, Bassnectar, Dillon Francis & More," 10 July 2018 Whisk to mix and then whisk in ½ cup of the warm milk mixture to gently warm the yolks. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "When Eton mess gives you extra yolks, whip them up into ice cream," 10 July 2018 This weekend, after an overnight low around 60, Sunday is expected to warm to about 80 degrees and sunny, Buttrick said. Lucas Phillips, BostonGlobe.com, "After an ideal weekend, heat (though no wave) is on the way," 7 July 2018 Evans used a series of heaters to warm the house to 135 degrees and roast the bugs. Julia Terruso, Philly.com, "Why Philly is a particularly bad place to get bedbugs," 5 July 2018 Strain artichokes and fennel, and add to the pan to warm through. 4. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "After an epic ecological comeback, the local, versatile rockfish has become a restaurant rock star," 27 June 2018 Temperatures will have to warm rapidly in the morning and early afternoon, which means skies will have to be at least partly sunny during that time. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Small chance of severe storms Saturday, mainly south and east of immediate metro," 22 June 2018 Season with salt to taste and continue cook until warmed through. Osayi Endolyn, WSJ, "Why Chefs Are Elevating Rice to Star Ingredient Status," 13 July 2018 So great that Janelle Monae sent out a tweet that has warmed the hearts of some of her biggest fans, but confused just about everybody else. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "3 headlines: Janelle Monae's cryptic tweet, the perfect belly flop and Reds score 7 runs," 11 July 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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