Definition of warning in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwôrniNG/


1A statement or event that indicates a possible or impending danger, problem, or other unpleasant situation: a warning about heavy thunderstorms suddenly and without any warning, the army opened fire [as modifier]: a red warning light
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  • It is also unclear if warnings or cautions were picked up as well as convictions.
  • Police in the area have issued several warnings fearful that somebody will eventually be hurt.
  • Experts will also be on hand to explain how the Agency forecasts floods and how its warnings are issued.
example, deterrent, lesson, caution, exemplar, message, moral
admonition, remonstrance, reprimand, censure, caution
1.1Cautionary advice: a word of warning—don’t park illegally
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  • Yet all the words of warning and cautionary tales cannot dent his ambition to do something out of the ordinary.
  • Anyone with information or queries regarding this warning should contact our advice line on 0845 600 1352.
  • Although by definition a caveat is a caution or warning that the notifier be given a hearing, yet it usually helps stall rather than alter a situation.
caution, advisory, notification, information;
exhortation, injunction;
1.2Advance notice of something: she had only had four days' warning before leaving Berlin
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  • They recommend that a link should be provided to the Environment Agency's flood warning system to give residents advance warning in future.
  • I've given my flatmates advance warning - I'll be a bit sad to give up this flat as it's the best one I've had and has really felt like home for almost a year now.
  • Contestants are being given plenty of advance warning to get out their drawing boards, their hammers and barrels and get working on their master pieces.
(advance) notice, forewarning, alert;
hint, signal, sign, danger sign, alarm bells
informal tip-off, heads-up, red flag
1.3An experience or sight that serves as a cautionary example to others: his death should be a warning to everyone
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  • The 20-a-day smoker has vowed never to light up again and is hoping his experience serves as a warning to others.
  • The US experience is a warning that the operations of the market may not produce a depth of news analysis that a modern democracy requires.
  • Now Jody, from Sale, has decided to reveal her frightening experience as a warning to other parents.



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  • And every day, from around 11 a.m. to sunset, she would stand guard outside that hole, rearing up warningly if you approached close.
  • I shifted warningly and he shifted persistently.
  • The architecture of Firoz Shah is stern, utilitarian, almost tragic - at times hauntingly lovely, at times warningly forbidding.


Old English war(e)nung (see warn, -ing1).

Words that rhyme with warning

aborning, awning, dawning, morning, mourning, spawning

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Syllabification: warn·ing

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