Definitions for cautionˈkɔ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cau•tion*ˈkɔ ʃən(n.)

  1. alertness and prudence in a hazardous situation; care:

    Proceed with caution.

  2. a warning against danger or evil; anything serving as a warning.

  3. a person or thing that astonishes or causes mild apprehension: often used humorously.

  4. (v.t.)to advise or urge to take heed.

  5. (v.i.)to give a warning:

    to caution against overoptimism.

* Syn: See warn.

Origin of caution:

1250–1300; < L cautiō taking precautions


Princeton's WordNet

  1. caution, cautiousness, carefulness(noun)

    the trait of being cautious; being attentive to possible danger

    "a man of caution"

  2. caution, caveat(noun)

    a warning against certain acts

    "a caveat against unfair practices"

  3. caution, precaution, care, forethought(noun)

    judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger

    "he exercised caution in opening the door"; "he handled the vase with care"

  4. circumspection, caution(verb)

    the trait of being circumspect and prudent

  5. caution, admonish, monish(verb)

    warn strongly; put on guard

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. caution(noun)ˈkɔ ʃən

    attention you give to avoiding risks

    Use caution when operating this equipment.; Approach the animal with great caution.

  2. cautionˈkɔ ʃən

    indicates you are warning sb

    A word of caution: do not walk alone at night.

  3. caution(verb)ˈkɔ ʃən

    to tell sb to be careful; = warn

    "He can get angry," she cautioned.; She cautioned her granddaughter against lying.; to caution that the weather could be extreme


  1. caution(Noun)

    Precept or warning against evil or danger of any kind; exhortation to wariness; advice; injunction.

  2. caution(Noun)

    A careful attention to the probable effects of an act, in order that failure or harm may be avoided; prudence in regard to danger; provident care; wariness.

  3. caution(Noun)

    Security; guaranty; bail.

  4. caution(Noun)

    One that gives rise to attention or astonishment

    Oh, that boy, he's a caution! He does make me laugh.

  5. caution(Verb)

    To warn; to alert, advise that caution is warranted.

  6. Origin: Recorded since 1297, "bail, guarantee, pledge", from "security, surety" itself from cautio, from cautus, the past participle of cavere "to be on one's guard"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caution(noun)

    a careful attention to the probable effects of an act, in order that failure or harm may be avoided; prudence in regard to danger; provident care; wariness

  2. Caution(noun)

    security; guaranty; bail

  3. Caution(noun)

    precept or warning against evil of any kind; exhortation to wariness; advice; injunction

  4. Caution(verb)

    to give notice of danger to; to warn; to exhort [one] to take heed


  1. Caution

    Caution is an album by the band Hot Water Music and released by Epitaph Records on October 8, 2002.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'caution' in Nouns Frequency: #2512

Anagrams of caution

  1. auction

Translations for caution

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


carefulness (because of possible danger etc)

Exercise caution when crossing this road.

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