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

Biologists blame it on the rising temperature of the sand on Australian nesting beaches: The warmer the sand, the more females hatch. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "Pollution That Discriminates by Gender," 2 May 2019 Even a small fire is enough to keep your front porch warm and your guests happy. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "A DIY Tabletop Fire Pit Is All You Need to Make Your Summer Dreams Come True," 11 Apr. 2019 Total Expert Score: 76/100 | Consumer Score: 70% give it 4 stars or higher A high-cut backpacking boot that will keep your toes warm and dry. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Hiking Boots for Exploring the Outdoors," 9 Apr. 2019 With both, the cooking time can usually be preset, and foods can be kept warm after cooking is finished. Katie Workman, The Seattle Times, "Which to buy? A slow cooker or Instant Pot?," 29 Mar. 2019 The house itself is a cathedral of warm, Belgian minimalism, designed by Axel Vervoordt. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "The Awakening of Kim Kardashian West," 10 Apr. 2019 Best Value: Merrell Moab 2 Vent Mid Total Expert Score: 80/100 | Consumer Score: 91% give it 4 stars or higher A hiking boot for warmer, sunny days that’s lighter on your feet and your wallet. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Hiking Boots for Exploring the Outdoors," 9 Apr. 2019 Known in the twentieth century as the Paris of the East, Shanghai's ancient temples sit between glass skyscrapers, a constant reminder of the deep history of China's largest, warmest, most prosperous city. Adrienne Faurote, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Shanghai, China," 5 Apr. 2019 January weighed in as one of the warmest on record, February was among the coldest and snowiest and March has been among the top 10 driest. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Seattle-area weekend weather? ‘Hard to say.’ There could be thunderstorms, or not. But the cherry trees at UW will be gorgeous.," 29 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Most zooxanthellae cannot withstand even the slightest change in temperature and with warming waters die immediately. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Has Fundamentally Weakened The Great Barrier Reef," 4 Apr. 2019 There were other sightings too, but this one warmed my cold, wintery heart. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, Week of March 8," 8 Mar. 2019 The cable knit hat is designed with a tiny opening for a ponytail or bun to pull through, keeping your head warm without ruining your style. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "This $10 Beanie Shows Off Your Ponytail and Keeps Your Head Warm," 1 Mar. 2019 Add to that the lives saved via cleaner air and water, along with fatalities avoided by mitigating warming. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 The squash is picked from fields of frothing cosmos; the honey is harvested from bees fed on marigolds; the yak meat is bought from farmers and stirred into warming noodle broths. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 This could be a negative feedback, limiting the potential for warming. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "The economic impacts of climate change could limit climate change," 19 Dec. 2018 Including Thursday, there will likely be four consecutive days with temperatures warming into the 90s. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "One of warmest summers to get a little warmer," 11 July 2018 If not covered in additional layers and warmed swiftly, your skin turns a grayish-yellow and becomes hard and waxy. Brad Stulberg, Outside Online, "What Happens to Your Body When You Climb Everest," 11 June 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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warman

warmblood

warm-blooded

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

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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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