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caution

noun  /ˈkɔ·ʃən/ us  
[C] a warning: It’s a good time to invest, he said, but a word of caution is in order.
[U] careful attention: Use caution when approaching the railroad crossing.
cautionary
adjective  /ˈkɔ·ʃəˌner·i/ us  
Some saw the fatal crash as a cautionary tale about the use of cell phones while driving.

caution

verb [I/T]  /ˈkɔ·ʃən/ us  
to warn someone about a possible problem or danger: [T] They cautioned her not to walk through the park at night. [I always + adv/prep] Experts caution against reading too much into the decline of stock market prices.
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