warn

verb
\ ˈwȯrn How to pronounce warn (audio) \
warned; warning; warns

Definition of warn

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Other Words from warn

warner noun

Examples of warn in a Sentence

I had been warned about the difficulties of the job. She warned me that the stove was still hot. “This won't be easy,” he warned. Nobody warned me about the dangers. I warned him to be careful, but he didn't listen to me. She warned us not to go too close to the fire.
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In addition, the AAP warns against teethers that contain BPA, or teething necklaces or bracelets that are made out of amber, wood, marble or silicone. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "When Do Babies Start Teething? The Facts Every Parent Should Know," 9 Aug. 2019 Here are all ten of them, and be warned...some may still anger fans. SI.com, "10 Players Who Have Played for Both Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League," 9 Aug. 2019 Already, more than 10% of the world’s population remains undernourished, and some authors of the report warned in interviews that food shortages could lead to an increase in cross-border migration. Christopher Flavelle, SFChronicle.com, "U.N.: Climate change worsens threat to world’s food supply," 8 Aug. 2019 In 2014, the city of Toledo warned residents not to drink or make any sort of body contact with its tap water because it was infested with microcystin. Laura Johnston, cleveland.com, "Scientists to test water samples across Lake Erie for annual HABs grab," 7 Aug. 2019 In Your Creative Power, Osborn warned readers against listening to a chorus of voices. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The man who gave us brainstorming meetings did his best thinking alone," 6 Aug. 2019 By stoking just the kind of economic anxiety that Powell warned this week could undercut U.S. and global growth. Alain Sherter, CBS News, "Trump's new tariff takes aim at two foes: China and the Fed," 2 Aug. 2019 That, of course, presupposes that the public had not already been warned. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Mitch McConnell Didn’t Stop Obama from Doing Anything about Russia in 2016," 2 Aug. 2019 In June, the Chinese education ministry warned that the United States was rejecting an increasing number of Chinese student visa applications. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "China’s scientists alarmed, bewildered by growing anti-Chinese sentiment in the United States," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of warn

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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 ware entry 1

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warn

verb

English Language Learners Definition of warn

: 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

verb
\ ˈwȯrn How to pronounce warn (audio) \
warned; warning

Kids Definition of warn

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

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