warn

  • 1 warn — W2S3 [wo:n US wo:rn] v [I and T] [: Old English; Origin: warnian] 1.) to tell someone that something bad or dangerous may happen, so that they can avoid it or prevent it ▪ Be careful, the rocks are slippery, Alex warned. warn sb about sth ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 2 warn — [ wɔrn ] verb intransitive or transitive *** 1. ) to make someone conscious of a possible problem or danger so they will not be hurt: Police are warning all women in the area to be on their guard. warn against: Recent studies warn against… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 3 warn — warn, forewarn, caution can mean to let one know of ap proaching or possible danger or risk. Warn is the most comprehensive of these terms; in most of its senses it stresses a timely notification that makes possible the avoidance of a dangerous… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 warn´er — warn «wrn», transitive verb. 1. to give notice to in advance; put on guard (against danger, evil, or harm). 2. to give notice to; inform: »The whistle warned visitors that the ship was ready to sail. SYNONYM(S): appraise, notify. 3. to give… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 5 Warn — Warn, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Warned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Warning}.] [OE. warnen, warnien, AS. warnian, wearnian, to take heed, to warn; akin to AS. wearn denial, refusal, OS. warning, wernian, to refuse, OHG. warnen, G. warnen to warn, OFries. warna …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 WARN — I verb admonish, advise, alert, apprise, caution, caution against danger, communicate to, counsel, deter, discourage, dissuade, exhort, expostulate, forebode, forewarn, give warning, herald, inform, make aware, notice, notify, portend, predict,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 Warn — (w[add]rn), v. t. [OE. wernen, AS. weornan, wyrnan. Cf. {Warn} to admonish.] To refuse. [Written also {wern}, {worn}.] [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 warn — (v.) O.E. warnian to give notice of impending danger, also intransitive, to take heed, from W.Gmc. *warnojanan (Cf. O.N. varna to admonish, O.H.G. warnon to take heed, Ger. warnen to warn ); related to O.E. wær aware, cautious (see WARY (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 warn — ► VERB 1) inform of a possible danger, problem, etc. 2) give (someone) cautionary advice about actions or conduct. 3) (warn off) order (someone) to keep away or to refrain from doing something. ORIGIN Old English …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 warn — verb is traditionally a transitive verb with a grammatical object corresponding to the person or people receiving the warning: She warned them of the danger / She warned them that it was unsafe. In the 20c an intransitive use with a following… …

    Modern English usage

  • 11 warn — [v] give notice of possible occurrence acquaint, address, admonish, advise, advocate, alert, apprise, caution, clue, clue in*, counsel, cry wolf*, deprecate, direct, dissuade, enjoin, exhort, fill in, forbid, forearm, forewarn, give fair warning …

    New thesaurus

  • 12 warn — [wôrn] vt. [ME warnien < OE wearnian < IE base * wer , to heed > GUARD] 1. to tell (a person) of a danger, coming evil, misfortune, etc.; put on guard; caution 2. to caution about certain acts; admonish [warned against smoking in the… …

    English World dictionary

  • 13 warn — verb (I, T) 1 to tell someone that something bad or dangerous may happen, so that they can avoid it or prevent it: “Be careful, the rocks are slippery,” Alex warned. | warn sb about: I warned him about those stairs. | warn (sb) of: You were… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 warn */*/*/ — UK [wɔː(r)n] / US [wɔrn] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms warn : present tense I/you/we/they warn he/she/it warns present participle warning past tense warned past participle warned Ways of warning someone: Be careful → the most usual… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 warn — fore·warn; fore·warn·er; fore·warn·ing·ly; for·warn; pre·warn; warn; warn·er; warn·ing·ly; …

    English syllables

  • 16 warn — warner, n. /wawrn/, v.t. 1. to give notice, advice, or intimation to (a person, group, etc.) of danger, impending evil, possible harm, or anything else unfavorable: They warned him of a plot against him. She was warned that her life was in danger …

    Universalium

  • 17 warn — verb ADVERB ▪ clearly, explicitly ▪ bluntly, firmly ▪ The chancellor bluntly warned the Cabinet to cut public spending or face higher taxes. ▪ darkly, sternl …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 warn — 01. The teacher [warned] him not to look at his neighbor s paper, or risk getting a zero on the test. 02. Karen [warned] me not to baby sit my neighbors kids because they re such little brats. 03. The government is considering making the… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 19 warn — [[t]wɔrn[/t]] v. t. 1) to give notice, advice, or intimation to (a person, group, etc.) of impending danger, possible harm, or the like 2) to urge or advise to be careful; caution: to warn a careless driver[/ex] 3) to admonish or exhort, as to… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 warn — /wɔn / (say wawn) verb (t) 1. to give notice or intimation to (a person, etc.) of danger, impending evil, possible harm, or anything unfavourable: to warn a person of a plot against them; warned that she was in danger. 2. to urge or advise to be… …

    Australian English dictionary