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"warning" in British English

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warningnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈwɔː.nɪŋ/  us   /ˈwɔːr.nɪŋ/
B1 something that makes you understand there is a possible danger 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 cigarette packet that says "Cigarettes cause cancer". I'm not surprised you feel sick 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 police fired warning shots but the rioting continued.
warning sign
a physical condition that shows someone has a disease: The warning signs of the illness are respiratory problems 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 possible danger or problem, so that it can be prevented or avoided: [C] Flood warnings were issued by the National Weather Service. [U] The earthquake struck 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 raise interest rates too quickly. The telecoms giant issued a warning that profits would be lower than expected.a warning about/against sth The Fed gave a blunt warning about America's growing deficit. The chief executive gave warning that losses on credit cards 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 enable interest rates 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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“warning” in Business English

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