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beware Line breaks: be¦ware
Pronunciation: /bɪˈwɛː/

Definition of beware in English:


[no object, in imperative or infinitive]
Be cautious and alert to risks or dangers: shoppers were warned to beware of cut-price fakes Beware! Dangerous submerged rocks ahead [with object]: we should beware the incompetence of legislators
More example sentences
  • She urged people using needles to dispose of them properly and warned other parents to beware of the risks.
  • We must beware of the danger of confusing what is passionately and deeply wanted with what is a right.
  • Anyway I caution you all to beware of using makeup of any kind that has glitter in it.
be on your guard, watch out, look out, mind out, be wary, be careful, be cautious, be on the lookout, be on the alert, keep your eyes open, keep a sharp lookout, be on the qui vive;
take care, take heed, have a care, take it slowly, look where you're going, tread carefully, proceed with caution
informal watch your step, keep an eye out, keep your eyes peeled/skinned, look before you leap, think twice
British school slang, , dated cave
Golf  fore;
Hunting  ware


Middle English: from the phrase be ware (see be-, ware2).

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