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warm

adjective \ ˈwȯrm \

Definition of warm

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

play \ˈwȯr-mish\ adjective

warmness

play \ˈwȯrm-nəs\ noun

Examples of warm in a Sentence

  1. Be sure to keep warm when you go outside.

  2. We sat by the fire to stay warm.

  3. It's too warm in here. We should open a window.

  4. The sunshine was warm on my face.

  5. We were met with a warm welcome.

  6. She has a warm and friendly nature.

  7. The letter was signed, “warmest regards.”

  8. She gave us each a long, warm hug.

  9. Keep going; you're getting warm.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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warm

verb

Definition of warm

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

Examples of warm in a Sentence

  1. He warmed his hands in front of the fire.

  2. We warmed ourselves by the fire.

  3. Air rises when it warms.

Recent Examples of warm from the Web

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First Known Use of warm

before 12th century

warm Synonyms

Synonyms
heat, hot (up) [chiefly Southern, southern Midland, & British], toast
Antonyms
chill, cool, refrigerate
Related Words
overheat, superheat; reheat, rewarm; thaw; bake, cook, roast; burn, char, fire, parch, scald, scorch, sear
Near Antonyms
freeze, frost, ice, supercool

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warm

adverb

Definition of warm

:warmly usually used in combination
  • warm-clad

Recent Examples of warm from the Web

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First Known Use of warm

before 12th century



WARM Defined for English Language Learners

warm

adjective

Definition of warm for English Language Learners

  • : somewhat hot : not cool or cold

  • : causing or allowing you to feel warm

  • : feeling or showing friendship and affection


warm

verb

Definition of warm for English Language Learners

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


WARM Defined for Kids

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warm

adjective \ ˈwȯrm \

Definition of warm for Students

warmer; warmest
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

warmly

adverb

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warm

verb

Definition of warm for Students

warmed; warming
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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