warn Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “warn” in the English Dictionary

"warn" in British English

See all translations

warnverb [I or T]

uk   /wɔːn/ us   /wɔːrn/
B1 to make someone realize a possible danger or problem, especially one in the future: [+ obj + to infinitive ] We were warned not to eat the fish which might upset our stomachs. [+ obj + (that) ] Have you warned them (that) there will be an extra person for dinner? I was warned against/off going to the east coast because it was so full of tourists. The boating area is marked with buoys to warn off swimmers. There were signs warning of fog as soon as we got onto the motorway. This particular curry is extremely hot - be warned! Put that ball down now, Laura - I'm warning you (= I will punish you if you do not)!

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of warn from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"warn" in American English

See all translations

warnverb [I/T]

us   /wɔrn/
to make someone aware of a possible danger or problem so that it can be avoided: [T] I warned her not to waste her money on that movie. [T] We’d been warned that we should lock our cars in the parking lot. [I] The radio warned all day of the bad weather coming.
(Definition of warn from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of warn?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

sunscreen

a substance that you put on your skin to prevent it from being damaged by the sun

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More