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

Winter may be here, but this throne will keep your pet warm. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Treat Your Pet Like the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms With This GOT-Inspired Bed," 28 Feb. 2019 These grey fleece joggers from Adidas will keep you warm and stylish, and this grey crewneck sweatshirt from American Apparel has a similar vibe to Kylie’s. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner and Stormi Webster Match in Grey Sweatsuits and Beanies," 9 Dec. 2018 The disease is most common in the summer because the bacteria thrives in warm water, said Dr. Waleed Javaid, the director of infection prevention and control at Mount Sinai Downtown Network. Zoe Greenberg, New York Times, "Legionnaires’ Disease Sickens 11 in Upper Manhattan," 12 July 2018 The result is a vibrant space filled with warm, golden tones. Ottavia Zappala, azcentral, "Gold Canyon couple turns enormous great room into a cozy haven," 12 July 2018 Tropical storm activity in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico has increased during the past 20 years, and scientists link storm intensity to warmer waters. Amy Green, miamiherald, "With Gov. Scott and legislature in denial, tiny town adapts on its own to climate change," 11 July 2018 Vibrio bacteria are said to thrive in warm, salty water. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "N.J. man infected with flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing, could lose limbs," 10 July 2018 Add the oil and warm water to the well, stirring with your fingers to dissolve the yeast first, and then stirring the entire contents of the bowl to incorporate the water into the flour. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 However, good eye contact and a warm smile is always appropriate. Betsy Cribb, Southern Living, "The Proper Way to Teach Kids to Introduce Themselves, According to an Etiquette Expert," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Wind can blow projectiles slightly off target, and the temperature of the barrel (after it is warmed by previous shots) can also affect a projectile’s path. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s Next Infantry Guns Will Have Computerized Fire Control for Unreal Accuracy," 14 Feb. 2019 The tattoo of the team’s logo inked onto his right forearm is warmed by streaks of midday sun. Ben Baskin, SI.com, "No Helmets, No Pads, Full-Contact Tackle Football: Meet the Men of the A7FL," 4 Apr. 2018 The bright and airy indoor-outdoor space is flooded with light and warmed by birchwood and living elements throughout, making for a sunny, beachy California vibe. Krista Simmons, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in Los Angeles," 28 Feb. 2018 According to Haines, an island also creates additional space to house kitchen plumbing and appliances: sinks, a refrigerator drawer, warming drawer, dishwasher, wine refrigerators, or microwave. Jennifer Baum Lagdameo, Curbed, "So you want a kitchen island?," 30 July 2018 Global-warming-scale events—hurricane time for example—are like those un-skippable tracks. Timothy Morton, The Atlantic, "The Hurricane in My Backyard," 8 July 2018 Methane, the main component of natural gas, is a major greenhouse gas with more than 80 times the climate warming power of carbon dioxide measured over a 20-year time span. John Fialka, Scientific American, "Oil and Gas Facilities Leak More Methane than Previously Thought," 22 June 2018 Experts predict an extra hot summer on the West Coast due to warming in the Pacific Ocean. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Rejoice! Summer Down South Will Likely Be Cooler Than Usual This Year," 30 May 2018 Bike riders can shop at the OurParks Gear Bike Shop - formerly known as the Charter Oak warming hut - for hoodies, hat, shirts, snacks, and other merchandise. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "Outdoor Fun Planned For Trails Day Weekend," 21 May 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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