warm

1 of 3

adjective

1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
warmish adjective
warmness noun

warm

2 of 3

verb

warmed; warming; warms

transitive verb

1
: to make warm
2
a
: 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
2
a
: 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

3 of 3

adverb

: warmly
usually used in combination
warm-clad

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
Most Hoosiers have a 35% or greater chance for seeing warmer than average temperatures this year. John Tufts, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Feb. 2024 The bowl contains mashed potatoes topped with fries, warm cheese sauce, bacon crumbles and a three-cheese blend, according to a news release from KFC. The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024 The clash of warm, moist air with the storm’s potent cold front could set the stage in parts of the Plains and Midwest for some severe thunderstorms late Tuesday. Mary Gilbert, CNN, 23 Feb. 2024 Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate closer to the plumbing. Staff Reports, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 The region is seeing unseasonably warm and sunny days, with the potential for continued high temperatures mixed with rainfall heading into March. Jenna Prestininzi, Detroit Free Press, 22 Feb. 2024 Consider this your sign to take a step back from beige and gray, and invite some sunshine into your life, just in time for warmer weather. Jake Smith, Glamour, 22 Feb. 2024 That’s where a towel warmer could come in handy, and luckily, there are plenty of options to choose from. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 22 Feb. 2024 Colleagues celebrate the collegial and warm environment Ancrum brought to the newsroom behind the scenes and out in the community. Howard Cohen, Miami Herald, 11 Feb. 2024
Verb
The significant warming trend kicks off Sunday in the central US and become more intense by Monday. Mary Gilbert, CNN, 23 Feb. 2024 How quickly that happens and how much the planet warms in the interim. Dana Taylor, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 Confidence: Medium-High Sunday offers plenty of sun, allowing temperatures to warm back to near normal. David Streit, Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2024 Temperatures could warm into the mid- to upper 70s by Friday and Saturday before dipping back into the 60s next week. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2024 El Niño’s Impact El Niño climate patterns warm the surface temperature of the ocean, which can affect normal cloud-cover patterns. Jay Anderson, Discover Magazine, 21 Feb. 2024 Formula and breast milk should never be warmed in the microwave as this causes the milk to heat unevenly and may change the overall composition of breast milk. Laura Lu, Ms, Parents, 19 Feb. 2024 Heat-trapping greenhouse gases warm the atmosphere, producing such extremes, and the rings can help scientists make climate observations about the past, present and future. The Arizona Republic, 19 Feb. 2024 Thus shipping regulations may have contributed a little bit of ocean warming in heavily trafficked areas like the North Atlantic. Matt Simon, WIRED, 15 Feb. 2024
Adverb
The primary suite has access to a patio, and the walls in the primary bedroom are brick or have warm-toned wood paneling. Dallas News, 7 Oct. 2022 The kitchen has warm-toned wood cabinets, an island with storage and countertop space and a stove with a stone surround. Dallas News, 5 Aug. 2022 The couple wrapped up warm in scarves and long wool coats for the outdoor visit in the 32-degree weather, which felt even colder along the water. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 1 Dec. 2022 Fortunately, Elizabeth of the College Housewife struck the perfect balance by breaking up her warm-toned table with white planters and matte black candlestick holders. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 14 Nov. 2022 They're lined with soft, brushed sherpa-like acrylic yarn that traps heat to keep your feet toasty warm all winter long and impressed our analysts in Lab evaluations. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 28 Oct. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English wearm; akin to Old High German warm warm and probably to Lithuanian virti to cook, boil

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of warm was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Warm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warm. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

warm

1 of 2 adjective
1
a
: having or giving off heat to a moderate or adequate degree
warm food
a warm stove
b
: serving to keep in heat (as of the body)
warm clothes
c
: feeling or causing sensations of heat
warm from exertion
a long warm walk
2
a
: showing or marked by strong feeling : ardent
a warm hug
b
: marked by tense excitement or anger
a warm political campaign
3
: marked by or tending toward injury, distress, or pain
gave the enemy a warm reception
4
a
: newly made : fresh
a warm scent
b
: near to a goal, answer, or object sought
not there yet but getting warm
5
: of a color in the range yellow to orange to red
warmly adverb
warmness noun

warm

2 of 2 verb
1
: to make or become warm
warm yourself in front of the fire
2
a
: to give a feeling of warmth or pleasure to
it warms my heart to see you
b
: to experience feelings of affection or pleasure
warmed to her young guests
3
: to reheat for eating
warm over some potatoes
4
a
: to make or become ready for action or performing by doing special exercises or actions beforehand
swimmers warm up before a race
b
: to become increasingly interested or enthusiastic
a speaker warming to his topic

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