\ 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 But if the dating proves correct, such an attribution is unlikely, as the sediments just above and below the impressions date to a period called the last interglacial, when the climate in the region was relatively warm and wet. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Human Footprints Found in Saudi Arabia May Be 120,000 Years Old," 21 Sep. 2020 The skins come off more easily while the beets are still warm. SFChronicle.com, "Recipes for summer’s bounty: Salads & sides," 17 Sep. 2020 Place the pork on top of the onions, fat side up; let sit at room temperature for 1 hour (or about 40 minutes if the air temperature is unusually warm). Anita L. Arambula, San Diego Union-Tribune, "An elevated riff on traditional chile verde," 16 Sep. 2020 Ocean water in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico is consistently warm and often where hurricanes intensify. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Why Hurricane Sally is moving so slowly—and delivering epic rainfall," 16 Sep. 2020 Even after a half hour of operation, the barrel surface was only warm, thanks to an insulating air chamber between the barrel’s cover and its inner surface. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Space Heaters for Warming Up the Office, Garage, or Home," 15 Sep. 2020 Vibrio vulnificus infections make headlines each year while the weather is warm but, as the DPH said, this many in one area is unusual. Korin Miller, Health.com, "Flesh-Eating Bacteria in Long Island Sound Sickens 5 People—Here's What to Know About About the Rare Infection," 15 Sep. 2020 Partly cloudy and warm with a slight chance for a couple afternoon showers and storms. Dallas News, "Low Rain Chances Today," 14 Sep. 2020 If the weather is warm and wet, however, stick with a regular spray schedule. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "In the garden: Spider lilies blooming soon; add mulch and collect seeds," 9 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When the offense was off the field, Ridder interacted with Bryant and helped warm-up third-string quarterback Michael Lindauer. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "UC Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder takes center stage in season opening win," 20 Sep. 2020 The club collaborated with the players to design the warm-up shirts, photograph players in the shirts and create a video ahead of the team’s first road game in North Carolina. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Pride share support for Black Lives Matter movement," 18 Sep. 2020 The first mile is a simple traipse among spotty trees and the wire-and-wood complex of the Fish Creek corrals where the first of two road gates mark the warm-up section to the steep climbing ahead. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "The views on this AZ hike will take your breath away, if you have any left. It's steep," 17 Sep. 2020 And upper levels of the tropical atmosphere are expected to warm disproportionately, which may oppose the effects of rapid Arctic warming. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "In a Historic Wildfire Season, It’s Time to Follow the Lead of Young Campaigners," 16 Sep. 2020 The National Weather Service expects temps to warm to near 90 Wednesday under sunny skies with possible areas of smoke. oregonlive, "Portland metro weather: Fire weather warning continues Wednesday," 9 Sep. 2020 Temperatures are expected to warm quickly on Saturday, peak on Sunday — with highs of up to 113 degrees in some places — and then begin to cool mid-day Monday. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "What next? Scorching temperatures add to region’s woes," 4 Sep. 2020 As nights cool down, add a patio heater and heated throws to warm laps plus protect furniture with rain covers. oregonlive, "Grandparents Day: Ways to say ‘I love you’ even if you’re not together on Sunday," 8 Sep. 2020 Abuse of Balls Players shall not violently, dangerously or with anger hit, kick or throw a tennis ball within the precincts of the tournament site except in the reasonable pursuit of a point during a match (including warm-up). Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Why Was Novak Djokovic Disqualified From the U.S. Open?," 6 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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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23 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Warm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warm. Accessed 1 Oct. 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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