\ 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 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 Over the years, our favorite TV shows and movies have featured many very cool grandmas (some more warm and fuzzy than others) who teach their grandchildren important lessons about their family, identity, and futures. Maya Mcdowell, Country Living, "6 Cool TV and Movie Grandmas We’d Like to Meet," 4 Dec. 2020 Yet Mikkelsen in real life is warm, friendly, and hugely enthusiastic about his new film Another Round, which reunites the actor with writer-director Thomas Vinterberg, who Mikkelsen previously worked with on The Hunt. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Mads Mikkelsen discusses Another Round, reveals the secret to acting drunk," 4 Dec. 2020 Emerson recommends keeping all the hardware warm or cool, such as satin and nickel finishes that go with stainless steel appliances. Washington Post, "5 kitchen design choices that will never go out of style," 5 Jan. 2021 He's equally adept at comic timing, making Nathan—who could have been just another obnoxious tech-bro—a charming, warm, and likable character, despite his obvious flaws. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2020: Our favorite shows and binges in a year of living distantly," 26 Dec. 2020 Manual Crock-Pots are basic, user-friendly models that are round or oval and feature only low, high, warm, and off settings. Kali Shilvock, chicagotribune.com, "How to choose which Crock-Pot is right for your needs this winter," 25 Dec. 2020 Plus, having something warm, delicious and ready to go on a busy holiday morning is, for any cook, a gift in itself. Star Tribune, "Breakfast bread pudding is naughty and nice," 23 Dec. 2020 The holidays are often described with a host of positive adjectives: warm, cozy, family-centric, joyful. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Make it easy, then take it easy with a breakfast casserole," 23 Dec. 2020 Along the way, sourdough starters, warm-from-the-oven cookies, and classic egg salad sandwiches returned to favor as a source of comfort, as the 2020 Google Year in Search trends bear out. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Food Trends You’ll See (and Taste) Everywhere in 2021," 21 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And even the sternest of adults might warm to revisiting some treasures from their youths, including a treasure trove of Disney Channel series from the late 1990s and early 2000s. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 20 best TV shows on Disney+ to watch right now," 6 Jan. 2021 After a chilly start and some brief clouds, conditions will warm nicely later today under sunny skies. Dallas News, "Pleasant start to the week, then mid-week rain chances," 4 Jan. 2021 Mostly sunny skies and more favorable winds will warm things up a good 10 degrees higher than Saturday’s temperatures, with afternoon highs in the mid-40s. Washington Post, "PM Update: Frigid temperatures tonight, with sunshine and a warm-up on Sunday," 26 Dec. 2020 The weather will warm a few degrees on Wednesday and Thursday, when another round of Santa Ana winds winds pop up. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego’s Christmas week weather to start off warm then quickly turn cool," 20 Dec. 2020 A couple of seconds in the microwave will warm it nicely before serving. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Dessert classics updated: Hot toddy pudding and hazelnut cream pavlovas for Christmas," 18 Dec. 2020 Another front is likely to bring rain Sunday, but high temperature should warm a few degrees to 50. oregonlive, "Portland metro Thursday weather: Dense fog until 10 a.m., showers by late afternoon," 10 Dec. 2020 Cleverly made from inexpensive air-dry clay and thrifted glassware, these handmade Christmas ornaments instantly warm a tree. Lauren Hedrick, Better Homes & Gardens, "Make These Stamped Clay Christmas Ornaments For Under $10," 1 Dec. 2020 This full and bold wine will warm you up on any winter night and makes a perfect pair to a hearty holiday dinner. Rachel King, Fortune, "The best wines for Thanksgiving," 21 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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, "The Top Ten Dinosaur Discoveries of 2020," 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, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Emily Ratajkowksi, Lil Nas X, and More," 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, "This Old Highland Park home includes impressive architectural details and a massive closet," 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, "30 of the best gifts you can get from Carter's," 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, "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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Last Updated

15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Warm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warm. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce warm (audio)

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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