What does warn mean?

Definitions for warn

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word warn.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. warnverb

    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, monishverb

    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. warnverb

    ask to go away

    "The old man warned the children off his property"

  4. warnverb

    notify, usually in advance

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To WARNverb

    Etymology: wærman , Saxon; waernen, Dutch; warna, Swedish; varna, Islandick.

    What do’st thou scorn me for my gentle counsel?
    And sooth the devil that I warn thee from? William Shakespeare.

    Our first parents had been warn’d
    The coming of their secret foe, and ’scap’d
    His mortal snare. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    The hand can hardly lift up itself high enough to strike, but it must be seen; so that it warns while it threatens; but a false insidious tongue may whisper a lie so close and low, that though you have ears to hear yet you shall not hear. South.

    Juturna warns the Daunian chief,
    Of Lausus’ danger, urging swift relief. Dryden.

    If we consider the mistakes in mens disputes and notions, how great a part is owing to words, and their uncertain or mistaken significations; this we are the more carefully to be warned of, because the arts of improving it have been made the business of mens study. John Locke.

    The father, whilst he warn’d his erring son,
    The sad examples which he ought to shun
    Describ’d. Matthew Prior.

    When first young Maro sung of kings and wars,
    Ere warning Phœbus touch’d his trembling ears,
    Perhaps he seem’d above the critick’s law,
    And but from nature’s fountains scorn’d to draw. Alexander Pope.

    Cornelius was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee. Acts x. 22.

    He had chidden the rebellious winds for obeying the command of their usurping master: he had warned them from the seas; he had beaten down the billows. Dryden.

    He wonders to what end you have assembled
    Such troops of citizens to come to him,
    His grace not being warn’d thereof before. William Shakespeare.

    He charg’d the soldiers with preventing care,
    Their flags to follow, and their arms prepare,
    Warn’d of the ensuing fight, and bade ’em hope the war. John Dryden, Æneid.

    Man, who knows not hearts, should make examples,
    Which like a warning-piece must be shot off,
    To fright the rest from crimes. John Dryden, Spanish Friar.


  1. warn

    To warn means to alert someone in advance about a possible danger, problem, or other unpleasant situation. It involves giving someone advice or cautionary information to prevent harm or negative occurrence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Warnverb

    to refuse

  2. Warnverb

    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. Warnverb

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

  4. Warnverb

    to ward off

  5. Etymology: [OE. wernen, AS. weornan, wyrnan. Cf. Warn to admonish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Warn

    wawrn, v.t. to make wary or aware: to put on ward or guard: to give notice of danger: to caution against: to admonish: (Spens.) to defend.—ns. War′ner; War′ning, caution against danger, &c.: admonition: previous notice: notice to quit, notice of the termination of an engagement, &c.: summons, call.—adj. of threatening aspect.—adv. War′ningly. [A.S. warnian; cf. Ice. varna, to warn, forbid, Ger. warnen; allied to ward, beware, wary.]

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  1. WARN

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WARN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Warn is ranked #24186 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Warn surname appeared 1,039 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Warn.

    92.4% or 961 total occurrences were White.
    2.5% or 26 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 25 total occurrences were Black.
    1.6% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of warn in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of warn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of warn in a Sentence

  1. Jan Rek:

    I came here because the debate is very important and I want to warn people.

  2. Eileen Cuevas:

    My mother was cooking. She saw him, like, coming full force at our living room, and she was trying to warn us as we were sitting on the couch, but it was too late and he had already come in and hit the window, and he drove through our living room.

  3. Prime Minister Tammam Salam:

    I warn that we are going towards collapse if matters continue, frankly, I have not and will not be a partner in this collapse. Let all officials and political forces bear their responsibilities.

  4. Rabbi Phillip Sher:

    I will not speculate as to the mans motives,and I would warn everybody youre innocent until proven guilty,and thats America as it should be, were not out for vengeance.All I can find out of this event is sadness,for everyone.

  5. Francis M. Faber Jr.:

    Should a fence 'post a note' or 'hang a sign' to warn possible trespassers?

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