warn

play
verb \ ˈwȯrn \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of warn

transitive verb
1 a :to give notice to beforehand especially of danger or evil
b :to give admonishing advice to :counsel
c :to call to one's attention :inform
2 :to order to go or stay away often used with off
intransitive verb
:to give a warning

warner

noun

Examples of warn in a Sentence

  1. I had been warned about the difficulties of the job.

  2. She warned me that the stove was still hot.

  3. This won't be easy, he warned.

  4. Nobody warned me about the dangers.

  5. I warned him to be careful, but he didn't listen to me.

  6. She warned us not to go too close to the fire.

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Origin and Etymology of warn

Middle English warnen, going back to Old English wearnian, warnian "to be on one's guard, make aware, put on one's guard," going back to West Germanic *warnōjan- (whence Middle Dutch waernen "to provide with, give notice of a danger," Old High German warnōn), probably causative derivative of Germanic *wara- "cognizant, watchful" — more at 1ware



WARN Defined for English Language Learners

warn

play
verb

Definition of warn for English Language Learners

  • : to tell (someone) about possible danger or trouble

  • : to tell (someone) to do or not to do something in order to avoid danger or trouble


WARN Defined for Kids

warn

play
verb \ ˈwȯrn \

Definition of warn for Students

warned; warning
1 :to put on guard :caution
2 :to notify especially in advance I warned you I might not stay long.


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