\ 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 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



Definition of warm (Entry 3 of 3)

: warmly usually used in combination warm-clad

Other Words from warm


warmish \ ˈwȯr-​mish How to pronounce warm (audio) \ adjective
warmness \ ˈwȯrm-​nəs How to pronounce warm (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 Add a little warm cream to the slow cooker bottom before heating. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 22 Nov. 2021 Most nights, activists go into the forests trying to reach people, giving them warm clothes and food. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 21 Nov. 2021 With the lockdown looming, Christmas markets across central Vienna were packed with people eager to buy gifts and enjoy one last round of warm drinks and food. Emily Schultheis, ajc, 21 Nov. 2021 That clearly didn’t happen, but evidence of seasonality, the thinking went, might show up in summer, when things got really warm. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 20 Nov. 2021 The summer fog rises when warm inland air draws cool wet air in from the ocean, and the fog moves in from June to September, rolling over the hills in waves, like a gray ocean, roaring through the Golden Gate on the back of the westerly wind. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Nov. 2021 The smell of spices and wine simmering on the stove is inviting and warm. Amelia Goe, The Arizona Republic, 20 Nov. 2021 On a warm September night, five men climbed a set of cast-iron steps to a deck behind the Church of the Ascension on the Upper West Side. Luke Cregan, Curbed, 20 Nov. 2021 Still, the weather change is likely to be a shock after a relatively warm early part of fall. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ending coal use is seen as the key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which cause the Earth to warm and produce rising seas and more extreme weather including droughts, storms and wildfires. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 15 Nov. 2021 Trump denied the existence of climate change and pulled the United States out of a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are causing the atmosphere to warm. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2021 The gap ranges from at least 8.5 billion to as high as 13.3 billion tons a year of underreported emissions - big enough to move the needle on how much the Earth will warm. Anchorage Daily News, 8 Nov. 2021 The gap ranges from at least 8.5 billion to as high as 13.3 billion tons a year of underreported emissions — big enough to move the needle on how much the Earth will warm. Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2021 Humans have already caused the Earth to warm by 1.1°C on average compared to pre-industrial levels. Li Cohen, CBS News, 22 Oct. 2021 On Wednesday, the EU placed first-of-their-kind levies on imports from high-emitting countries, as part of a plan to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that a majority of scientists say are causing the earth to warm. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, 14 July 2021 Along with other greenhouse gases such as methane, CO2 traps heat from the planet’s surface that would otherwise escape into space, causing the planet’s atmosphere to warm steadily. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 7 June 2021 This has caused the oceans to warm, which helps fuel and intensify hurricanes. Jesse Scott, National Geographic, 22 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Miami comedian Kyle Grooms will be the warm-up act. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, 19 Oct. 2021 The kitchen has warm-toned wood cabinets and a space for a breakfast nook. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, 1 Oct. 2021 This table-and-chairs set is just the right amount of rustic, and white enamelware pops when set atop the warm-toned wood. Angela Serratore, Country Living, 8 Apr. 2021 Some of the key traits that allowed dinosaurs to be such an evolutionary success story—from fuzzy feathers to warm-running metabolisms—may have first evolved in their tiny ancestors. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Dec. 2020 And while some of us are staying warm inside, others are soaking up the rays somewhere hot, like Lil Nas X. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 19 Dec. 2020 Each room features large steel windows that allow in plenty of light, and the ceilings are adorned with a warm-toned wood that catches the eye. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, 12 Dec. 2020 This fully lined snowsuit with a water-resistant polyester shell will help keep the little one wrapped up warm—and the snaps, zippers, and adjustable buckles help ease the hassle of putting on snow clothes. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2020 For example, some species that expand into poleward regions as waters warm may imperil local fisheries, Genner says. Jim Daley, Scientific American, 27 Mar. 2020

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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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“Warm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warm. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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