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WARN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does warn mean? 

WARN (verb)
  The verb WARN has 4 senses:

1. notify of danger, potential harm, or risk
2. admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior
3. ask to go away
4. notify, usually in advance

  Familiarity information: WARN used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


WARN (verb)


Sense 1warn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Notify of danger, potential harm, or risk

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context examples:

The director warned him that he might be fired / The doctor warned me about the dangers of smoking

Hypernyms (to "warn" is one way to...):

inform (impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "warn"):

forewarn; previse (warn in advance or beforehand; give an early warning)

admonish; caution; monish (warn strongly; put on guard)

threaten (to utter intentions of injury or punishment against:)

alarm; alert (warn or arouse to a sense of danger or call to a state of preparedness)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody of something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 2warn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

admonish; monish; warn; discourage

Context examples:

I warned him not to go too far / I warn you against false assumptions / She warned him to be quiet

Hypernyms (to "warn" is one way to...):

advise; counsel; rede (give advice to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

Sam cannot warn Sue


Sense 3warn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ask to go away

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The old man warned the children off his property

Hypernyms (to "warn" is one way to...):

enjoin; order; say; tell (give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody PP


Sense 4warn [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Notify, usually in advance

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

I warned you that I would ask some difficult questions

Hypernyms (to "warn" is one way to...):

inform (impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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