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Definitions of beware word
- verb beware If you tell someone to beware of a person or thing, you are warning them that the person or thing may harm them or be dangerous. 3
- verb beware to be cautious or wary (of); be on one's guard (against) 3
- intransitive verb beware to be wary or careful (of); be on one's guard (against) 3
- verb with object beware to be wary, cautious, or careful of (usually used imperatively): Beware such inconsistency. Beware his waspish wit. 1
- verb without object beware to be cautious or careful: Beware of the dog. 1
- transitive verb beware watch out for 1
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Origin of beware
First appearance:before 1150
One of the 7% oldest English words
1150-1200; Middle English, from phrase of warning be ware. See be, ware2
Parts of speech for Beware
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".
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Synonyms for beware
- heed — to give careful attention to: He did not heed the warning.
- shun — to keep away from (a place, person, object, etc.), from motives of dislike, caution, etc.; take pains to avoid.
- avoid — If you avoid something unpleasant that might happen, you take action in order to prevent it from happening.
- mind — (in a human or other conscious being) the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc.: the processes of the human mind.
- notice — an announcement or intimation of something impending; warning: a day's notice.
Antonyms for beware
- disregard — to pay no attention to; leave out of consideration; ignore: Disregard the footnotes.
- ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.
- court — A court is a place where legal matters are decided by a judge and jury or by a magistrate.
- invite — to request the presence or participation of in a kindly, courteous, or complimentary way, especially to request to come or go to some place, gathering, entertainment, etc., or to do something: to invite friends to dinner.
- risk — exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance: It's not worth the risk.
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