warm

adjective
\ 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

warm

verb
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

warm

adverb

Definition of warm (Entry 3 of 3)

: warmly usually used in combination warm-clad

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Other Words from warm

Adjective

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for warm

Synonyms: Adjective

heated, hottish, lukewarm, tepid, toasty, warmed, warmish

Synonyms: Verb

heat, hot (up) [chiefly Southern, southern Midland, & British], toast

Antonyms: Adjective

chilled, coldish, cool, cooled, coolish, refrigerated, unheated

Antonyms: Verb

chill, cool, refrigerate

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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

This is a warm story in this event—the 37-year-old (and 12-time wildcard recipient) reaching week two. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Federer-Nadal XXXIX, French Open Court Assignments, Anisimova and More," 5 June 2019 Earlier studies had revealed a more distant disk of warm gas farther away from the black hole which may feed the newfound cooler disk. Nola Taylor Redd, Scientific American, "Cool Gas Circles Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole," 5 June 2019 The Queen's speech was greeted with a warm round of applause, which was followed by a striking UK military flypast. Kara Fox And Matthew Robinson, CNN, "Queen says her wartime generation was 'resilient' as she pays tribute to D-Day veterans," 5 June 2019 Join together with fellow Jewish women for warm camaraderie, hot tea and refreshments. Alan Goch, sun-sentinel.com, "Events for Broward and Miami-Dade counties for June 5-11," 5 June 2019 From the warm air of Florida to the command module; from the command module into the LM; from the LM into the suit. Oliver Morton, WIRED, "The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon," 4 June 2019 Fiji is home to just over 900,000 people and is a popular tourist destination thanks to its warm climate, white sand beaches and coral reefs. CBS News, "Young Texas couple die of mysterious illness in Fiji," 4 June 2019 The die-off followed strong changes in ocean conditions in the mid-1990s, suggesting that warmer water patterns affected the availability of prey, but scientists were often unable to perform necropsies, Moore said. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Feds to investigate spike in gray whale deaths on West Coast," 4 June 2019 Ales can be brewed at relatively warm temperatures and are ready to drink in a few short weeks; lagers require colder temperatures for the yeast to work and the process can take as long as a few months. Jay R. Brooks, The Mercury News, "6 superb California craft lagers for summer," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

These populations then expanded out of the refugia as the climate warmed and these climate dynamics likely affected population around the world. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "Ancient DNA Reveals Complex Story of Human Migration Between Siberia and North America," 5 June 2019 Its presence suggests that as the Red Planet warmed, its oceans and lakes evaporated. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "The Not So Dead Sea: Traces of Ancient Bacteria Found in the Lake’s Sediments," 5 June 2019 Or, suddenly drippy discharge on a chilly day could actually just be water condensing as the cold air is warmed in your nasal passages and runs out your nostrils, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Amy Marturana, SELF, "What Your Snot Can Tell You About Your Health," 26 Dec. 2018 Greenland gains some ice in the winter and loses some in the summer, but as the planet has warmed, the latter has outpaced the former. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Greenland’s ice sheet is melting at its fastest rate in centuries," 8 Dec. 2018 Mulch your basil plants to retain moisture after the soil has warmed. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Basil for Your Best Pesto Yet," 20 Aug. 2018 As water temperatures have warmed into the 70s in much of the lake, plant growth is substantial. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Can the walleye population rebound in McDermott Lake if bass and panfish are reduced?," 30 June 2018 Over the past 50 years, as Atlantic waters have warmed, fish populations have headed north in search of colder temperatures. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "Fish wars loom as climate change pushes lobster, cod, and other species north," 21 June 2018 Strain the liquid in the bottom of the pan into a small saucepan and heat until just warmed through. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Bundt Pan Roast Chicken with Potatoes," 20 June 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

Adjective

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

Verb

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

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for warm

Adjective

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

warm

adjective

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

warm

verb

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

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

warm

adjective
\ 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

warm

verb
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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