[wɔːn] or [wɔrn]
(verb.) notify, usually in advance; 'I warned you that I would ask some difficult questions'.
(verb.) ask to go away; 'The old man warned the children off his property'.
(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'.
(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'.
Checked by Gwen--From WordNet
(v. t.) To refuse.
(v. t.) 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.
(v. t.) To give notice to, of approaching or probable danger or evil; to caution against anything that may prove injurious.
(v. t.) To ward off.
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Synonyms and Synonymous
v. a. . Caution (against danger), premonish, forewarn, exhort to take heed.. Admonish (with respect to some duty), advise.. Inform, notify, apprise, disclose to, mention to, communicate to, make aware, make acquainted, give notice to.. Summon, bid, call.
Synonyms and Antonyms
SYN:Premonish, monish, admonish, notify, dissuade, deter, alarm
ANT:Encourage, incite, instigate, induce
Checked by Jean
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.
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- We are going for Moore's sake--to see if we can be of use to him, to make an effort to warn him of what is coming. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- At last she saw Gudrun coming, and she ran downstairs to warn her father and Gerald. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- I have tried to warn you of this; now, have I not? Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- Hows'ever, it warn't paid, and so they cuts the water off. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- I would almost as soon believe that the cat curls the end of its tail when preparing to spring, in order to warn the doomed mouse. Charles Darwin. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
- I warn you that they are very incomplete. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
- One look at my aunt's face (knowing what I knew) was enough to warn me of the dreadful truth. Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- Colonel O'Dowd, of the --th regiment, one of those occupying in Paris, warned Lieutenant Spooney of that corps. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- The only independent one among them, he warned her that she was doing too much for this man, and was placing herself too unreservedly in his power. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.
- Instead her eyes warned me to beware the sleeping figures that surrounded her. Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Gods of Mars.
- Warned of a visitor by the tinkling bell at the shop-door, Mrs Plornish came out of Happy Cottage to see who it might be. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- He has warned us twice, replied Justinian, as he walked out into the court with the poet; once by the earthquake, again by the springs. Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
- Indignation quivered on her lip; but it was quelled by the secret voice which warned her that she must not quarrel with him. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth.
- The first of my scattered senses that came back was the sense that warned me to sacrifice anything rather than make an enemy of him. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- My wealthy relative's cheque--henceforth, the incubus of my existence--warns me that I have not done with this record of violence yet. Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone.
- Every religion that is worth the name, every philosophy, warns us to lose ourselves in something greater than ourselves. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- He dreaded to hear that something had been said to Mary--he felt as if he were listening to a threat rather than a warning. George Eliot. Middlemarch.
- In May, 1915, they sank the great passenger liner, the _Lusitania_, without any warning, drowning a number of American citizens. H. G. Wells. The Outline of History_Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind.
- As for society, he was carried every other day into the hall where the boys dined, and there sociably flogged as a public warning and example. Charles Dickens. Oliver Twist.
- The county police ought to make something of that, said he; why, it is surely obvious that-- But I held up a warning finger. Arthur Conan Doyle. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
- Do you mean, Sir Percival, that I am to dismiss the indoor servants under my charge without the usual month's warning? Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.
- It seemed to me that I had but closed my eyes when I felt her hand upon my shoulder and heard her soft voice warning me of a new danger. Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Gods of Mars.
- A smile, a frown, a rebuke, a word of warning or encouragement, all involve some physical change. John Dewey. Democracy and Education.