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

The commission says female iguanas can lay nearly 80 eggs a year, and South Florida’s warm climate is perfect for the prehistoric-looking animals. Curt Anderson, orlandosentinel.com, "State declares open season on pesky South Florida iguanas," 3 July 2019 Serebrennikov, working with cinematographer Vladislav Opelyants, peers at this world through a veil of black-and-white nostalgia, tinted by occasional warm bursts of color and music video-style graphic curlicues. Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, "‘Leto’ review: From Russia, a love letter to ’80s rock 'n' roll," 3 July 2019 Here’s what happens when the summer sun is bearing down and the temperature rises: The heat warms the blood vessels close to your skin, and that warmer blood moves to your core, raising your body temperature. Michele Cohen Marill, WIRED, "How Extreme Heat Overwhelms Your Body and Becomes Deadly," 3 July 2019 The two have a longstanding partnership, and recently came together for the campaign of Kors' newest fragrance, Wonderlust, a warm, spicy scent perfect for a summer full of adventure. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "The One Travel Tip Gigi Hadid Swears By," 3 July 2019 Before the game, Rapinoe took the field with her teammates but didn’t join them in warm-up exercises. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Megan Rapinoe Not in U.S. Starting Lineup for World Cup Semifinal," 2 July 2019 Cooking | Magazine Bright flavors make these recipes just right for warm weather dining. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Three light and easy pasta dishes for summer," 2 July 2019 In a small saucepot, combine butter and garlic and warm gently. 19. National Geographic, "Braised Goat Leg & Shoulder," 2 July 2019 Rapinoe stood on the sideline, but did not participate in warm-ups ahead of Tuesday’s game. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Why Megan Rapinoe didn’t play in the USA’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal game," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The warming is a sure signal of a warming planet and part of the trend of increasing global temperatures, Brettschneider said. Jordan Evans, CNN, "Alaska's warming ocean is putting food and jobs at risk, scientists say," 28 June 2019 Taxing carbon means pricing in, upfront, the implicit costs that come from using fossil fuels — especially, though not exclusively, the cost of warming our planet. Catherine Rampell, The Denver Post, "Rampell: Everyone’s got a climate plan, but where’s the carbon tax?," 9 June 2019 The warming trend will begin Saturday and really heat up Sunday, when many inland locations are expected to see temperatures soar above 90 degrees, according to the weather service. Mark Gomez, The Mercury News, "Bay Area forecast: Hot days on the horizon, with 100 degrees possible Monday," 7 June 2019 But, Liodden says, as our warming planet melts more sea ice, perpetuation of the species may rest with the strongest bears—those that can swim farther, hunt better, or go longer without food. Paul Nicklen, National Geographic, "Should polar bear hunting be legal? It’s complicated.," 28 May 2019 Like many of the impacts of a warming planet, the serious economic reverberations and permanent damage caused by declining coastal property values are simply not being addressed in an urgent enough manner. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Climate change and the coming coastal real estate crash," 16 Oct. 2018 Extreme temperature shifts in the Arctic may become common on a warming planet—though the residents of Oymyakon might relish the chance to thaw out their eyelashes for a few days every winter. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is the Coldest Permanently Inhabited Place on Earth," 10 Sep. 2018 The smell of warming corn tortillas and caramelizing meat casts a spell that's palpable for blocks. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Chicago's taco game is strong: these 3 spots prove the taqueria, if nothing else, abides," 27 June 2018 If these latest signs of warming prove real, the next step may be talks through informal channels or perhaps using a third-party mediator. The Christian Science Monitor, "Clues of peace in Afghanistan," 15 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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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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