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caution

noun uk   /ˈkɔː.ʃən/ us    /ˈkɑː-/

caution noun (CARE)

C1 [U] great care and attention: We need to proceed with/exercise caution (= be careful in taking action, making decisions, etc.) They treated the story of his escape with (some/great/extreme) caution (= thought that it might not be true).

caution noun (WARNING)

[C] UK a spoken warning given by a police officer or official to someone who has broken the law: As it was her first offence, she was only given a caution. [C or U] advice or a warning: Just a word of caution - the cheaper models probably aren't worth buying.

caution noun (FOOTBALL)

[C] a punishment for breaking the rules in a football game in which the referee writes the player's name in a book and holds up a yellow card
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caution

verb [T] uk   /ˈkɔː.ʃən/ us    /ˈkɑː-/

caution verb [T] (police)

UK If the police caution someone, they give them an official warning.C2 formal to warn someone: The newspaper cautioned its readers against buying shares without getting good advice first.

caution verb [T] (FOOTBALL)

If a football referee cautions a player, he punishes them for breaking the rules by writing their name in a book and holding up a yellow card.
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