What does warn mean?
Definitions for warn
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word warn.
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"
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"
ask to go away
"The old man warned the children off his property"
notify, usually in advance
"I warned you that I would ask some difficult questions"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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
to give notice to, of approaching or probable danger or evil; to caution against anything that may prove injurious
to ward off
Etymology: [OE. wernen, AS. weornan, wyrnan. Cf. Warn to admonish.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
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.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'warn' in Verbs Frequency: #332
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The numerical value of warn in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of warn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of warn in a Sentence
We didn't get a proper warning. They didn't post anything or send out any type of message to warn the residents. It was pretty scary.
It’s time to name names about these programs and have a frank conversation about the root causes of unaffordable student debt, we plan to ask the colleges with programs that land on the list to provide an improvement plan, and we’re considering regulatory steps to warn students about these programs before they enroll. For the next 30 days, we will be inviting public comment on how to best build this list.
We know there is much larger supply of opiates that will be translating into heroin ... It's important to warn that the supply is there, in the (United States) and in (Britain)... we see a market with increased supply particularly of cheap heroin and we already see some impact in terms of deaths. We see heroin-related deaths are going up.
But I always warn people that they are not going to happen as fast as you think they might because mine general managers are really good at keeping their mines alive.
At a time when scientists are queuing up to warn about terrifying consequences if emissions keep rising, and school children are taking to the streets in their millions, what we have here in Madrid is a betrayal of people across the world.
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Translations for warn
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- advertir, avisarCatalan, Valencian
- варитиOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- verständigen, warnenGerman
- advertir, avisar, alertarSpanish
- alerter, avertirFrench
- 警告する, 言い聞かせるJapanese
- verwittigen, waarschuwen, waarnenDutch
- предостеречь, предостерегать, предупредить, предупреждатьRussian
- upozoriti, упозоритиSerbo-Croatian
- varna, förvarnaSwedish
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