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Meaning of WARN

Pronunciation:  worn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  notify, usually in advance; "I warned you that I would ask some difficult questions"
  2. [v]  ask to go away; "The old man warned the children off his property"
  3. [v]  notify of danger, potential harm, or risk; "The director warned him that he might be fired"; "you will get hungry if you don't eat," he warned; "The doctor warned me about the dangers of smoking"
  4. [v]  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"

WARN is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 See Also: advise, alarm, alert, caution, counsel, enjoin, forewarn, inform, order, previse, say, tell, threaten



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Warn\ (w[add]rn), v. t. [OE. wernen, AS. weornan, wyrnan.
    Cf. {Warn} to admonish.]
    To refuse. [Written also {wern}, {worn}.] [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  2. \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, werna, Icel. varna to refuse; and probably to
    E. wary. ????.]
    1. 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. ``Warned of the ensuing
       fight.'' --Dryden.
             Cornelius the centurion . . . was warned from God by
             an holy angel to send for thee.       --Acts x. 22.
             Who is it that hath warned us to the walls? --Shak.
    2. To give notice to, of approaching or probable danger or
       evil; to caution against anything that may prove
       injurious. ``Juturna warns the Daunian chief of Lausus'
       danger, urging swift relief.'' --Dryden.
    3. To ward off. [Obs.] --Spenser.