from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make aware in advance of actual or potential harm, danger, or evil.
- transitive v. To admonish as to action or manners.
- transitive v. To notify (a person) to go or stay away: warned them off the posted property.
- transitive v. To notify or apprise in advance: They called and warned me that they might be delayed.
- intransitive v. To give a warning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To give warning.
- v. To refuse, deny (someone something).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To refuse.
- transitive v. To make ware or aware; to give previous information to; to give notice to; to notify; to admonish; hence, to notify or summon by authority
- transitive v. To give notice to, of approaching or probable danger or evil; to caution against anything that may prove injurious.
- transitive v. To ward off.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A denial; refusal.
- To put on guard by timely notice; wake, ware, or give notice to beforehand, as of approaching danger or of something to be avoided or guarded against; caution; admonish; tell or command admonishingly; advise.
- To admonish, as to any duty; advise; ex postulate with.
- To apprise; give notice to; make ware or aware; inform previously; notify; direct; bid; summon.
- To deny; refuse; forbid.
- To defend; keep or ward off.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior
- v. notify, usually in advance
- v. notify of danger, potential harm, or risk
- v. ask to go away
Middle English warnen, from Old English warnian; see wer-4 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English warnian, from Proto-Germanic *warnōnan. Cognate with German warnen. (Wiktionary)
From a combination of Old English wiernan (from Proto-Germanic *warnijanan; compare Danish værne) and Old English wearnian (from Proto-Germanic *warnōnan; compare Swedish varna). (Wiktionary)