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

In fact, about half of the country (1.5 million square miles) have watches, warnings, or advisories in place. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "A Bomb Cyclone Will Slam 70 Million People Across the U.S. Because Winter Just Won't Quit," 13 Mar. 2019 That warning followed plans by the 160-year-old retailer last fall to shrink its lower-performing stores. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Earnings Season to Offer Next Test for Retail Stocks," 15 Feb. 2019 But on April 26, without warning, she was arrested during a routine check-in. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "3 Troy siblings move to Albania to live with deported mom," 10 July 2018 Create a volcano early warning system with a 24/7 national volcano watch office. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Here’s what the massive public-lands bill means for conservation, climate change in Washington state," 12 Feb. 2019 Second, this was a firing without warning or justification. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Detroit Lions voice Jim Brandstatter deserved better than this," 13 July 2018 Midway through a second round that saw no improvement in offensive output, referee Herb Dean actually paused the fight to issue warnings to both men for timidity. Ben Fowlkes, USA TODAY, "Derrick Lewis beats Francis Ngannou in surprising heavyweight snooze-fest at UFC 226," 8 July 2018 His warnings grew so dire that he was expelled from the village and later killed by the Indians. Marie Claire, "'Outlander' Season 4 Finale Recap: 5 Biggest Takeaways," 28 Jan. 2019 Apple had previously blamed for its own earnings warning. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel addresses processor shortages, CEO hunt after reporting disappointing fourth-quarter results," 24 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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