\ 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 The defense countered by confronting some accusers with warm emails and other communications with Weinstein that continued for months or even years after the alleged attacks. CBS News, "In closing arguments, Weinstein defense likens prosecutors to producers "writing the script"," 13 Feb. 2020 The spring shades are Nectar, a warm yellow, and Artichaut, a cool green. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "Le Creuset’s Brand-New Colors Have Us Drooling," 12 Feb. 2020 There are few things more delightful than a toasty warm towel after a shower. Alex Baker-whitcomb, Wired, "Zuck's Lost Notebook, Marsupial Trouble, and More News," 12 Feb. 2020 When the fish is done cooking, remove from the pan and set aside on a warm plate. Jamie Carlson, Outdoor Life, "5 Walleye Recipes That Don’t Involve Frying," 12 Feb. 2020 The demand for electricity in the U.S. declined due to a milder summer and warmer winter than previous years, the report said. Guy Davies, ABC News, "'Grounds for optimism': Global carbon emissions level out despite growing economy," 11 Feb. 2020 Before Bryant’s final All-Star game in 2016, Popovich jokingly defended Bryant physically during practice warm-ups. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Spurs coach Gregg Popovich calls late Kobe Bryant 'a superhero who was actually human'," 5 Feb. 2020 Earlier, each team lined up at their respective 24-yard lines following the end of their warm-ups, a tribute to Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the seven others killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. BostonGlobe.com, "Another nightmare Super Bowl ending for Kyle Shanahan," 2 Feb. 2020 The Michigan State basketball junior forward felt great in warm-ups. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball, Xavier Tillman 'out of sorts' against Wisconsin in another road loss," 1 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Based on new data crunched in their climate model, the paper authors argue that CFCs are likely what's caused the Arctic to warm even faster than the rest of the planet under the influence of climate change. Lynn Johnson, National Geographic, "What's the ozone hole got to do with warming?," 5 Feb. 2020 Even those who donate massively to environmental causes tend to be doing more to warm the earth than your average meat-eating car-driver subsisting below the poverty line. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "If Bloomberg Really Cared About Climate Change, He Wouldn’t Be Running," 4 Feb. 2020 Shenandoah’s Metropark Square is hosting a February event that is likely to warm winter hearts with adoptable dogs from the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. Laraib Hashmi, Houston Chronicle, "Shenandoah’s Metropark Square set to showcase shelter dogs at ‘hearts and hounds’ event," 30 Jan. 2020 There are still lots of interesting new products among the last guns standing, and even a few to warm my jaded bird-hunting heart. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "Best New Shotguns of the 2020 SHOT Show," 22 Jan. 2020 The blob started in 2013 when water in the Gulf of Alaska began to warm. oregonlive, "‘Unprecedented’ marine heatwave likely killed 1 million West Coast seabirds," 21 Jan. 2020 Schmidt said, referring to warming that occurred thousands and hundreds of thousands of years ago due to Earth’s orbit or massive asteroids or volcanic eruptions. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "The 2010s Were the Hottest Decade—The 2020s Will Top Them," 16 Jan. 2020 Strain the beans and add these to the tomato sauce to warm through. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "Pasta Granny goals: 3 frugal recipes from our new favorite cookbook," 7 Jan. 2020 On Tuesday, the home was still without hot water and there were portable heaters upstairs to warm the house. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee residents trying to clean up after water main break destroys furnaces, belongings," 31 Dec. 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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The first known use of warm was before the 12th century

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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

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