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

But beachgoers should be wary: The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards advisory Wednesday, warning of dangerous rip currents, breaking waves from elevated surf, and high tides in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Alexa Díaz, latimes.com, "Beachgoers beware: 4th of July to bring dangerous rip currents, threat of stingrays," 3 July 2019 The driver was given a warning for the traffic violation. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Drunk passenger attempts to flee from police: North Royalton Police Blotter," 3 July 2019 After Maddon’s ejection, David Bote was beaned by reliever Clay Holmes with the bases loaded during a five-run fifth, causing home-plate umpire Joe West to issue warnings to both dugouts. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "‘It was the first time I saw Joe this mad’: Maddon ejected after more inside pitching from the Pirates in the Cubs’ 11-3 win," 3 July 2019 Two district offices have not issued a warning in more than 2 years. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Exclusive: FDA enforcement actions plummet under Trump," 2 July 2019 The conflict has turned into a warning for other Bay Area pitmasters. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Why aren’t there more Bay Area barbecue spots? High costs, logistics," 2 July 2019 Police in riot gear fired tear gas to chase crowds away from the building, but those who breached the chamber apparently left before police carried out a warning to use force if necessary to evict the occupiers. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Beijing issues ominous warning after 'atrocities,' but Hong Kong protesters undeterred," 2 July 2019 To put it bluntly, Judge Barrett’s opinion is a warning shot to campuses in her federal circuit — and, through persuasive authority, to campuses across the nation. David French, National Review, "Amy Coney Barrett Strikes a Blow against Campus Kangaroo Courts," 2 July 2019 And unsurprisingly, 88 percent of those donors who receive a warning make a gift within a year, with an average gift of just $4,000. Theodore Schleifer, Vox, "Today’s “working robber barons” have used a tax break to create a $110 billion charity stockpile, called donor-advised funds. It isn’t getting any smaller.," 2 July 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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