warning

noun
warn·​ing | \ ˈwȯr-niŋ How to pronounce warning (audio) \

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 How to pronounce warningly (audio) \ 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

First, support improvements to the ACA, such as protecting people with health insurance from high out-of-network medical bills without advance warning, along with strengthening restraints on prescription-drug costs. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Medicare for All Is a Trap," 12 Feb. 2019 So take the Scotts' warning under advisement, and make sure your more gullible friends and family are aware, too. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "There's A Property Brothers Scam Circulating On The Internet," 25 Jan. 2019 The agency issued warnings to three companies for marketing dietary supplements containing phenibut, which is sometimes sold as a sleep aid or to treat anxiety. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "FDA Sends Warning Letters on Dietary Supplements," 18 Apr. 2019 Further north, in burn scars where the deadly Camp Fire recently raged, the National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings, too. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Why fire-scorched California is now readying for mudslides," 30 Nov. 2018 Vida has already been issued a warning by FIFA for a previous clip which leaked online and resulted in Croatian coach Ognjen Vukojevic being sent home by the national team. SI.com, "FIFA Investigating New Controversial Video of Croatian Defender Domagoj Vida Following Russia Win," 11 July 2018 The caves are signposted with warnings to not enter near the monsoon season. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "Divers rescue more boys from flooded Thailand cave, raising total saved to eight, while four boys and coach remain trapped," 9 July 2018 USA Today reports that blizzard warnings could be issued in parts of South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and upper Michigan. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "A Brutal Spring Snow Storm Is Going to Slam 200 Million People Across the U.S. This Week," 9 Apr. 2019 Low-speed forward collision warning is standard with all trims. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Fun New Corolla Hatchback Puts the Toy in Toyota," 3 Jan. 2019

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 How to pronounce warning (audio) \

Kids Definition of warning

: something that cautions of possible danger or trouble storm warnings

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