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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wawr-ning]
    • /ˈwɔr nɪŋ/
    • /ˈwɔːnɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wawr-ning]
    • /ˈwɔr nɪŋ/

Definitions of warning word

  • noun warning the act or utterance of one who warns or the existence, appearance, sound, etc., of a thing that warns. 1
  • noun warning something that serves to warn, give notice, or caution: We fired a warning at the intruders. 1
  • noun warning Meteorology. an announcement from the U.S. National Weather Service alerting the public that a storm or other weather-related hazard is imminent and that immediate steps should be taken to protect lives and property. Compare advisory (def 5), storm warning (def 2), watch (def 20). 1
  • adjective warning serving to warn, advise, caution: a warning bell. 1
  • verb with object warning to give notice, advice, or intimation to (a person, group, etc.) of danger, impending evil, possible harm, or anything else unfavorable: They warned him of a plot against him. She was warned that her life was in danger. 1
  • verb with object warning to urge or advise to be careful; caution: to warn a careless driver. 1

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Origin of warning

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English war(e)nung precaution; see warn, -ing1, -ing2

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Parts of speech for Warning


warning popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% 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".

warning usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for warning

noun warning

  • notice — an announcement or intimation of something impending; warning: a day's notice.
  • caution — Caution is great care which you take in order to avoid possible danger.
  • caveat — A caveat is a warning of a specific limitation of something such as information or an agreement.
  • advice — If you give someone advice, you tell them what you think they should do in a particular situation.
  • counsel — Counsel is advice.

adjective warning

  • cautionary — A cautionary story or a cautionary note to a story is one that is intended to give a warning to people.
  • threatening — tending or intended to menace: threatening gestures.
  • cautioning — Present participle of caution.
  • ominous — portending evil or harm; foreboding; threatening; inauspicious: an ominous bank of dark clouds.
  • admonishing — to caution, advise, or counsel against something.

verb warning

  • knell — the sound made by a bell rung slowly, especially for a death or a funeral.

Antonyms for warning

noun warning

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