\ 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

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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

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


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.


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

Tara was a warm and loving spirit who had a gift for befriending and bringing comfort to everyone around her. courant.com, "Tara Krause Broughel," 19 June 2019 Third, climate change has also weakened the jet stream, allowing a warm and humid weather system to settle over northeastern Greenland. The Economist, "The Greenland ice sheet is melting unusually fast," 17 June 2019 The end goal of onigiri is chewy rice that’s just warm — neither too hot nor cold — wrapped with crisped nori. Genevieve Ko, latimes.com, "Master Class: Michelin-starred n/naka chefs on how to make the perfect onigiri," 13 June 2019 The classic, Spanish-style structure is a warm and quaint place to rest after a day of touring the artsy Texas town. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Two Texas places named among the best places to go 'glamping' in the US," 13 June 2019 The wealth of light coupled with a warm and neutral color scheme highlight the lack of clutter on countertops void of the usual food processer, stand mixer and instant pot. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "A 15-foot island made this Chandler couple's kitchen the entertaining space they craved," 13 June 2019 Serve warm or at room temperature, cut into wedges. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Tex-Mex Tomato Pie," 12 June 2019 There’s a pronounced, delightful tilt in favor of warm and bassy notes, and Final’s greatest achievement with the E5000s is in delivering that without overwhelming the mids and treble. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Final E5000 review: delicate bass cannons," 11 June 2019 Weather warm enough to spend time outside comes with trade-offs, including the risk of being bitten by disease-carrying mosquitoes. Liam Ford, chicagotribune.com, "It's mosquito season: 5 things to do to keep the pests at bay," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Swansea University’s Tree Ring Research Group found that climate warming has increased cloud cover over northern Scandinavia, which has in turn lowered local temperatures, and snowfall, acting as a blanket, is further warming the Arctic. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 10 June 2019 On a cold winter day in 1989, Julius Eastman huddled in a group of homeless men outside Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, warming his hands by an oil-drum fire, when a reporter from Newsday approached him. Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books, "Adam Shatz," 6 June 2019 But knowing those funds are going to charity, via David Gilmour, warms my and Jim Irsay’s heart. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Jim Irsay sets auction record by spending $3.975 million for David Gilmour guitar," 20 June 2019 In addition to the horrendous oversight during the background checking process, which forced the organization to rally behind him instantly, Patricia hasn’t exactly warmed over the crowd. Conor Orr, SI.com, "The NFL’s Seven Hottest Seats," 19 June 2019 The pilot, which has since ended, launched in 2017 to see how customers would react to stepping out of their homes to fetch pizza from a locked warming chamber in the vehicle. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Domino’s teams up with Nuro for driverless pizza delivery in Houston," 17 June 2019 Then there is long-term warming driven by rising greenhouse-gas emissions. The Economist, "The Greenland ice sheet is melting unusually fast," 17 June 2019 Grill packets over indirect heat until cheese is melted and chicken is warmed through, 6 to 10 minutes. Cybelle Tondu, Country Living, "Chicken and Black Bean Nachos," 17 June 2019 With consistently warming oceans and climates, particularly in the Gulf, residents have recently seen devastating flooding and hurricanes take effect. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "Scalise sidesteps climate change debate: Earth's temperature "goes up and down"," 14 June 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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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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