warn´er

warn´er
warn «wrn», transitive verb.
1. to give notice to in advance; put on guard (against danger, evil, or harm).
2. to give notice to; inform: »

The whistle warned visitors that the ship was ready to sail.

SYNONYM(S): appraise, notify.
3. to give notice as to go or stay: »

to warn off trespassers, to warn a child to remain in the house.

4. to remind (of); counsel (against); admonish: »

warn a driver against speeding.

–v.i.
to give a warning or warnings; sound an alarm.
[Old English wearnian. See related etym. at ware 2. (Cf.ware)]
warn´er, noun.
Synonym Study transitive verb.1 Warn, caution mean to give notice of possible or coming danger, harm, risk, or unpleasantness. Warn implies giving clear and firm notice, especially of an imminent or serious danger: »

The children were warned not to speak to strangers.

Caution implies giving notice of a possible danger and advice about avoiding it: »

Citrus growers in northern Florida are cautioned to protect fruit from frost.


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  • Warn — Warn, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Warned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Warning}.] [OE. warnen, warnien, AS. warnian, wearnian, to take heed, to warn; akin to AS. wearn denial, refusal, OS. warning, wernian, to refuse, OHG. warnen, G. warnen to warn, OFries. warna …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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