\ 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 Fill the pot with warm water so the jars are covered by an inch or two, and bring it to a boil. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, "How to can your favorite foods without dying," 13 Oct. 2020 Instead, parents are encouraged to simply place the frozen bag under warm water of a running faucet for safer, more even defrosting. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best breast milk storage bag," 9 Oct. 2020 To tackle lighter stains, a little warm water and dish detergent can usually do the trick (depending on the fabric). Arriana Vasquez Wirecutter, Star Tribune, "It's fall. Time to refresh, reset and save," 9 Oct. 2020 Hurricane Delta has gotten stronger thanks to the warm water of the Gulf of Mexico. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane Delta tracks deeper into the Gulf as Category 2; landfall in Louisiana expected Friday," 8 Oct. 2020 That strengthening will result from Delta passing over deep, warm water in the southern and central Gulf in the absence of disruptive upper level wind shear, said Senior Hurricane Specialist Daniel Brown in a 4 p.m. forecast discussion message. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Hurricane Delta forecast: See where it might come ashore and why the entire state is threatened," 7 Oct. 2020 The subs, built for navigating farther north, had trouble operating in warm water. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, "The Day Nuclear War Almost Broke Out," 5 Oct. 2020 Her secret to longevity, besides having good genes, is to drink warm water every morning and eat light. Byron Mccauley, The Enquirer, "At 107, Bea Lea still likes red lipstick, urges goodness," 2 Oct. 2020 When the oceans are more stratified, warm water builds up near the surface, with less heat escaping down into the deep ocean. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "The oceans are out of balance — and that means stronger storms and threats to marine life," 29 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And if a patron started their car to warm the interior, the exhaust clouds impaired the view of those parked farther back. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Despite the odds, Anchorage used to have 3 drive-in movie theaters in operation at the same time," 11 Oct. 2020 And, as the Earth continues to warm, hurricanes are expected to intensify even more. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Climate Change May Cause More Storms to Rapidly Intensify, As Delta Did," 9 Oct. 2020 Linear models can provide a ribbon of flames running up to 10 feet long to warm even the largest backyard space. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "The 6 hottest trends in outdoor fireplaces," 9 Oct. 2020 This is the story about family, love and how a small town’s Christmas spirit can warm the coldest of hearts. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Here are all the Netflix holiday movies, specials, and shows coming in 2020," 7 Oct. 2020 This is the story about family, love, and how a small town’s Christmas spirit can warm the coldest of hearts. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix Is Releasing 28 New Holiday TV Shows and Movies in 2020, so Get Jolly," 7 Oct. 2020 But Greenland is not stabilizing in a world that continues to warm, of course, and the rate of loss is expected to increase. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Greenland is about to lose ice faster than any time since the last ice age," 30 Sep. 2020 As the planet continues to warm, the worst is likely yet to come for the West. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Debate Was a Disaster. But Hey, Climate Change Came Up," 30 Sep. 2020 Gas and liquid-fuel heaters: These appliances burn propane or kerosene to warm an infrared emitter that projects the energy. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Space Heaters for Warming Up the Office, Garage, or Home," 15 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb For example, some species that expand into poleward regions as waters warm may imperil local fisheries, Genner says. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Ocean Species Are Shifting toward the Poles," 27 Mar. 2020 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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The first known use of warm was before the 12th century

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17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Warm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warm. Accessed 26 Oct. 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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