\ 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 towardwarmed 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 combinationwarm-clad

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Other Words from warm


warmish \ ˈwȯr-​mish How to pronounce warmish (audio) \ adjective
warmness \ ˈwȯrm-​nəs How to pronounce warmness (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 warm and cozy, cocoon-like feel can help with sleep issues, restless leg syndrome, muscle aches, autism and more. Jean Chen Smith, Cincinnati.com, "Guide to healthy New Year in 2020: These small changes are better than big resolutions," 31 Dec. 2019 Add 3 tortillas, turning until warm and slightly browned on both sides, 1 to 2 minutes. Emily Heil, Washington Post, "Tex-Mex migas can jump-start your morning, whether you’re nursing a hangover or not," 30 Dec. 2019 There will be fire pits to keep you warm and a photo booth with props to capture memories. azcentral, "New Year's Eve 2020 parties around Arizona: Here's where to bid farewell to 2019," 20 Dec. 2019 Inspired by true stories featured in Epic Magazine, the 8-episode series goes beyond the headlines to bring the funny, warm and romantic tales of eight different immigrants to the United States to life. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "AppleTV+ drops first trailer for heartwarming immigrant series Little America," 19 Dec. 2019 The rain is expected to clear out before Christmas, when warm and dry weather is expected. Leigh Morgan, al, "A lot of rain is in the forecast for the weekend across Alabama," 19 Dec. 2019 An increasingly warm and unstable climate would, Davis warned, accelerate the existing divide between the rich and the poor. Kevin Lozano, The New Republic, "Can the Internet Survive Climate Change?," 18 Dec. 2019 New kinds of fabric make for long underwear that keep you warmer and more comfortable than ever. Wired, "3 Base Layers That Trap Warmth and Don't Chafe," 17 Dec. 2019 Victoria was a genuinely welcoming mother-in-law, a truly loving daughter and sister, an adoring aunt, and a warm and generous friend to so, so many. courant.com, "Victoria Bazzano," 13 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gabby and Ida took turns bringing him a heated brick wrapped in a quilt to warm his feet at night. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville WWII vet reunites with battlefield during what may be his last trip to Belgium," 22 Dec. 2019 Considering only emissions through 2030 creates a hypothetical scenario in which warming peaks around 1.5°C above preindustrial temperatures and starts dropping before the end of this century. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "It keeps going: 1 meter sea-level rise by 2300 is now inevitable," 7 Nov. 2019 Over the years, the season has become shorter due to warming temperatures caused by human activity, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Climate change is already transforming international sports," 26 Oct. 2019 Grains of pollen from various plants can also tell us about this cooler period, which people who study climate prehistory call the Younger Dryas and which interrupted a warming trend after the last Ice Age. Francis Thackeray, Quartz Africa, "Scientists now have evidence a large platinum-dense meteorite hit the earth 12,800 years ago," 8 Oct. 2019 If the world is to keep the planet from warming more than two degrees over pre-industrial levels, neither country can stay on the sidelines. Daniel K. Gardner, The New Republic, "“What About China?” Is a Bad Response to the Climate Crisis," 20 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, areas less prone to warming have fared better. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Another vital forest at risk: Scientists fear warming water could be killing off Puget Sound’s kelp beds," 15 Sep. 2019 The best explanation for that discrepancy was that the atmosphere retained heat to warm the planet. Jason West, The Conversation, "Why carbon dioxide has such outsized influence on Earth’s climate," 13 Sep. 2019 According to Wired, scientists believe that warming sea waters contribute to the rapid intensification of storms. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "AOC Said Hurricane Dorian's Impact on the Bahamas Shows How Climate Crisis Impacts Vulnerable Communities — Here's Why She's Right," 4 Sep. 2019 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


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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5 Jan 2020

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“Warm.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warm. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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