warning

noun
warn·ing | \ˈwȯr-niŋ \

Definition of warning 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of warning : the state of being warned he had warning of his illness

2 : something that warns or serves to warn especially : a notice or bulletin that alerts the public to an imminent hazard (such as a tornado, thunderstorm, or flood)

warning

adjective

Definition of warning (Entry 2 of 2)

: serving as an alarm, signal, summons, or admonition a warning bell a warning shot

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Other Words from warning

Adjective

warningly \ˈwȯr-niŋ-lē \ adverb

Examples of warning in a Sentence

Noun

She gave me a warning about the difficulties of the job. She issued a stern warning against making changes too quickly. Let that be a warning to you. We had no warning of the dangers that were ahead of us. Without any warning she turned around and ran. The storm struck without warning. I was stopped for speeding, but the policeman just gave me a warning.

Adjective

usually gave her trademark warning look when the children were getting out of hand
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Management Group countersued, saying Depp spent lavishly on homes, private jets, art and up to $30,000 a month on wine in spite of its warnings of his dwindling finances. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Johnny Depp sued: Crew member alleges star punched him twice," 9 July 2018 The move brought a sharp response from health insurers warning of market disruptions and higher costs. Fortune, "Trump Administration Freezes Payments to Affordable Care Act Insurers with Sicker Patients," 8 July 2018 Chen Wei said the boat company ignored warnings of bad weather and failed to take adequate measures to ensure passenger safety. Washington Post, "Family in China say relatives sent Thai boat’s last moments," 8 July 2018 Chen Wei said the boat company ignored warnings of bad weather and failed to take adequate measures to ensure passenger safety. Fox News, "Family of Thailand boat disaster victims seeks 'justice'," 7 July 2018 Forecasters issued a flash flood watch for much of Eastern Massachusetts, warning of the possibility of torrential rainfall coming down at more than 2 inches per hour. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Thunderstorms bring much-needed relief from the heat," 6 July 2018 But the outcome should serve as a warning for governments that have for generations abused the resources that Native Americans rely on, Cladoosby said. Author: John Eligon, Anchorage Daily News, "A Supreme Court victory for a tribe that's lost its salmon," 12 June 2018 Under the agreement, those displays would have to have prominent signs warning of potentially unsuitable content for children. Larry Barszewski, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Children's art museum can't have nude exhibits in new county deal," 12 June 2018 Police believe the man fired shots as a warning or a means of intimidation after confronting two other men outside a shop near the Mall at West End. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Video shows shooter open fire, take off after wounded driver crashes into storefront," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Privacy advocates have sounded warning bells about Big Brother secretly watching us from the sky. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Treasure Valley police dabble in drones as prices drop, rules for use multiply," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of warning

Noun

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

Adjective

1511, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for warning

Noun

Middle English warnyng, warnynge, going back to Old English warnung, wearning, from wearnian "to warn" + -ung, -ing -ing entry 3

Adjective

from attributive use of warning entry 1

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The first known use of warning was before the 12th century

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warning

noun

English Language Learners Definition of warning

: something (such as an action or a statement) that tells someone about possible danger or trouble

: a statement that tells a person that bad or wrong behavior will be punished if it happens again

warning

noun
warn·ing | \ˈwȯr-niŋ \

Kids Definition of warning

: something that cautions of possible danger or trouble storm warnings

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