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"warning" in British English

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warningnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈwɔː.nɪŋ/  us   /ˈwɔːr-/
B1 something that makes you ​understand there is a ​possibledanger or ​problem, ​especially one in the ​future: Completely without warning, he ​turned up at my ​door with all four ​children! There's a warning on the ​cigarettepacket that says "Cigarettes ​causecancer". I'm not ​surprised you ​feelsick after ​eating so much - let it be a warning to you! Just a word of warning - ​restaurants in this ​area can be very ​expensive.formal The Health Minister issued a warning about the ​dangers of ​sunbathing. They can't ​dismiss you just like that - they have to give you a written warning first. The ​policefired warning shots but the ​riotingcontinued.warning sign a ​physicalcondition that ​shows someone has a ​disease: The warning ​signs of the ​illness are ​respiratoryproblems and ​dizziness.

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

"warning" in American English

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warningnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈwɔr·nɪŋ/
notice of a ​possibledanger or ​problem, so that it can be ​prevented or ​avoided: [C] Flood warnings were ​issued by the ​National Weather ​Service. [U] The ​earthquakestruck without warning while the ​city was ​asleep.
(Definition of warning from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"warning" in Business English

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warningnoun

uk   us   /ˈwɔːnɪŋ/
[C or U] FINANCE a ​statement or ​piece of ​information that tells ​people that there might be a danger or a problem in the future: These ​figures are a warning to the Bank of England not to ​raiseinterestrates too quickly. The ​telecomsgiant issued a warning that ​profits would be ​lower than expected.a warning about/against sth The Fed gave a blunt warning about America's ​growingdeficit. The ​chiefexecutive gave warning thatlosses on ​creditcards would get worse in the second half of the ​year. adequate/​advance/early warning a blunt/​clear/stark warningcome/serve as a warning These ​figures come as a warning that the ​crisis is not over yet.
[C] HR a ​statement that tells an ​employee that they have done something wrong: an oral/verbal/written warning Employees must be given a ​verbal and a written warning before they can be ​fired. a final/​formal/​official warning

warningadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈwɔːnɪŋ/
used to show that there might be danger or a problem in the future: Regulators were ​accused of ignoring the warning ​signs that ​led to the bank's ​collapse.
warning bells signs or ​information telling ​people that something ​bad might ​happen: The ​figures should sound warning bells that the ​economy is still too ​fragile to ​enableinterestrates to ​rise.
(Definition of warning from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “warning”
in Arabic تَحْذير…
in Korean 경고…
in Portuguese aviso, advertência…
in Catalan advertència, avís…
in Japanese 警告…
in Chinese (Simplified) 警告, 告诫, 提醒…
in Turkish ikaz, alarm…
in Russian предупреждение, предостережение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 警告, 告誡, 提醒…
in Italian avviso, avvertimento…
in Polish ostrzeżenie…
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