Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “caution”

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).Paying attention and being carefulCautious and vigilant

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.Threats and warnings [C or U] advice or a warning: Just a word of caution - the cheaper models probably aren't worth buying.Giving adviceThreats and warnings

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
Synonym

caution

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

caution verb [T] (police)

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

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.
Synonym
(Definition of caution from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of caution?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Paying attention and being careful, but you might be interested in these topics from the Attention and care topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “caution” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

blueprint

a photographic copy of an early plan for a building or machine

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More