What does warn mean?

Definitions for warnwɔrn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word warn.

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"

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

  5. Origin: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. warn

    To communicate vital information to a person or members of the public to make them aware of data, information or intelligence they need to be aware of.

    The government decided to warn tax-payers they would increase a specific tax bracket by 1% at a specific date in the future so tax-payers and businesses could plan and adjust their budgets, business plans and forecasts accordingly.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rick Scarborough:

    We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross this line.

  2. Francis M. Faber Jr.:

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

  3. Maria Zakharova:

    The United States and the SDF are not taking any steps to warn people to avoid deaths.

  4. Adam Sager:

    Hopefully, ours is a friendly system in your home to warn you that things are going wrong.

  5. Whitney Moore Young:

    Support the strong, give courage to the timid, remind the indifferent, and warn the opposed.

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