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

So many migrants were streaming across that warning signs were posted on nearby freeways showing silhouettes of a man and woman running with a child. Los Angeles Times, "Column One: He’d been kept alive with tubes for nearly 17 years. Who is he, and is it possible he’s conscious?," 1 Aug. 2019 Water intrusion or obvious gaps in the attic are a major warning sign. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Angie’s List: How to decide whether to repair or replace your roof," 31 July 2019 What are some of the warning signs that a dog/cat is overheated? Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "How To Keep Your Pet Safe This Summer," 26 July 2019 Local activists have urged government officials to intervene and post warning signs, Fox News reported. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Instagram Influencers Sick After Swimming in Turquoise Lake That Is Actually a Toxic Dump," 25 July 2019 The company's mixed earning results are not entirely surprising given warning signs that trade wars and lower pricing were starting to impact chemical company's earnings earlier this year. Houston Chronicle, "Dow cuts capital budget by $500M amid global uncertainty," 25 July 2019 From mildest to most serious, these are the warning signs and recommended precautions to take when watching for heat illness according to the Centers for Disease Control. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "The extreme heat is hard on Indianapolis' homeless. Here's how you can help.," 19 July 2019 From mildest to most serious, these are the warning signs and recommended precautions to take when watching for heat illness according to the Centers for Disease Control. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Heat advisory forces Jefferson County Public Schools to cancel outdoor activities," 18 July 2019 Know the warning signs: There are a number of symptoms to watch out for when in extreme heat. Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com, "5 ways to take care of your health in extreme heat," 18 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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