Definitions for WARNwɔrn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  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.

  3. to admonish or exhort, as to action or conduct.

  4. to notify; inform:

    to warn a person of an intended visit.

  5. to notify to go away, keep at a distance, etc. (often fol. by away, off, etc.):

    A sign warned boats away from the island.

  6. to order; summon:

    to warn a person to appear in court.

  7. (v.i.)to give a warning; caution.

* Syn: warn , caution , admonish imply attempting to prevent someone from running into danger or unpleasant circumstances. To warn is to inform plainly and strongly of possible or imminent trouble, or to advise that doing or not doing something will have dangerous consequences: The scout warned the fort of the attack. I warned them not to travel to that country. To caution is to advise to be careful and to take necessary precautions: Tourists were cautioned to watch their belongings. To admonish is to advise of negligence or a fault in an earnest, authoritative, but friendly way, so that corrective action can be taken: to admonish a student for constant lateness.

Origin of warn:

bef. 1000; ME; OE warnian, c. MLG warnen,


Princeton's WordNet

  1. warn(verb)

    notify of danger, potential harm, or risk

    "The director warned him that he might be fired"; "The doctor warned me about the dangers of smoking"

  2. warn, discourage, admonish, monish(verb)

    admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior

    "I warned him not to go too far"; "I warn you against false assumptions"; "She warned him to be quiet"

  3. warn(verb)

    ask to go away

    "The old man warned the children off his property"

  4. warn(verb)

    notify, usually in advance

    "I warned you that I would ask some difficult questions"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. warn(verb)ɔrn

    to tell sb about sth bad before it happens

    He warned me that there might be trouble.; The government was warned about the attack.; Officials are warning people to stay off the beaches.

  2. warnɔrn

    to tell sb not to do sth or face punishment

    The teacher had warned him not to talk during the test.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Warn(verb)

    to refuse

  2. Warn(verb)

    to make ware or aware; to give previous information to; to give notice to; to notify; to admonish; hence, to notify or summon by authority; as, to warn a town meeting; to warn a tenant to quit a house

  3. Warn(verb)

    to give notice to, of approaching or probable danger or evil; to caution against anything that may prove injurious

  4. Warn(verb)

    to ward off

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WARN' in Verbs Frequency: #332

Translations for WARN

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to tell (a person) in advance (about a danger etc)

Black clouds warned us of the approaching storm; They warned her that she would be ill if she didn't rest.

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