\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The canvas or vinyl cover helps keep the yurt warm, cool or dry, depending on the weather. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 The series is about the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan, a wonderfully large and blended family that gives an honest and hilarious look into the sometimes warm, sometimes twisted, embrace of the modern family. Victoria Priola, cleveland, 18 June 2021 Like sleeping on a cloud, the Mountain Classic Camp Sleeping bag is filled with warm, compressible and high-lofting polyester insulation. Dan Q. Dao, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Hot as Blue blazes: The high temperature June 15 in L.A. is forecast to be 96 degrees, and by evening the Dodgers will get a (very) warm welcome from their first capacity crowd in Chavez Ravine since 2019. Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2021 Racers enjoyed a warm, sunny day with not much wind on the Government Peak ridge. Anchorage Daily News, 6 June 2021 Each is stocked with emergency products that will help the user stay safe, warm, hydrated, and fed for up to 72 hours. Joseph Hernandez, Bon Appétit, 3 June 2021 Masks have a life of their own and add interest, intrigue, design and make a room feel warm, interesting, and inviting... Nafeesah Allen, House Beautiful, 2 June 2021 The ground is finally warm enough to plant caladium bulbs, for example. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 31 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As long as the planet continues to warm, experts anticipate that miserable allergies will be the norm. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, 20 May 2021 Bradshaw cautions that those winds could actually reverse -- blowing instead from the cooler sea to the warmer, drier land -- if Antarctica continues to warm. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 17 May 2021 But these kinds of shifts are expected to become more dramatic as the climate continues to warm. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, 14 May 2021 While some of the recent drying in the Southwest can possibly be explained by natural variability, the long-term trend from climate models is for more drying as the climate continues to warm and rainfall becomes more variable. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 8 May 2021 The global sea level will rise higher than previously expected as Earth continues to warm — the result of a potential collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, according to a new study from two Harvard graduate students. BostonGlobe.com, 4 May 2021 Each year, as the globe continues to warm, hundreds of billions of tons of ice melt into the Earth's oceans. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2021 As our climate continues to warm, problems like Tampa (and Wuhan) will pop up more and more frequently. Erik Kobayashi-solomon, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 Cyclones that have devastated the islands are expected to intensify as the globe continues to warm. NBC News, 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb This table-and-chairs set is just the right amount of rustic, and white enamelware pops when set atop the warm-toned wood. Angela Serratore, Country Living, 8 Apr. 2021 Some of the key traits that allowed dinosaurs to be such an evolutionary success story—from fuzzy feathers to warm-running metabolisms—may have first evolved in their tiny ancestors. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Dec. 2020 And while some of us are staying warm inside, others are soaking up the rays somewhere hot, like Lil Nas X. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 19 Dec. 2020 Each room features large steel windows that allow in plenty of light, and the ceilings are adorned with a warm-toned wood that catches the eye. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, 12 Dec. 2020 This fully lined snowsuit with a water-resistant polyester shell will help keep the little one wrapped up warm—and the snaps, zippers, and adjustable buckles help ease the hassle of putting on snow clothes. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2020 For example, some species that expand into poleward regions as waters warm may imperil local fisheries, Genner says. Jim Daley, Scientific American, 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, 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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20 Jun 2021

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“Warm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warm. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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