Definition of “caution” - English Dictionary

“caution” in British English

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cautionnoun

uk /ˈkɔː.ʃən/ us /ˈkɑː.ʃən/

cautionverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkɔː.ʃən/ us /ˈkɑː.ʃən/

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.

(Definition of “caution” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“caution” in American English

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cautionnoun

us /ˈkɔ·ʃən/

[ C ] a warning:

It’s a good time to invest, he said, but a word of caution is in order.

[ U ] careful attention:

Use caution when approaching the railroad crossing.
cautionary
adjective us /ˈkɔ·ʃəˌner·i/

Some saw the fatal crash as a cautionary tale about the use of cell phones while driving.

cautionverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈkɔ·ʃən/

to warn someone about a possible problem or danger:

[ T ] They cautioned her not to walk through the park at night.
[ I always + adv/prep ] Experts caution against reading too much into the decline of stock market prices.

(Definition of “caution” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“caution” in Business English

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cautionnoun

uk /ˈkɔːʃən/ us

[ U ] care and attention in order to avoid risk or possible problems:

The latest figures suggest that consumer caution has increased in recent months.
Those keen on investing in small companies should proceed with caution.
great/extreme caution The letter outlines that customers should treat any email appearing to be from their bank with great caution.
exercise/use caution Investors are urged to exercise caution to avoid the less reputable companies.
advise/urge caution
err on the side of caution

to decide to take care rather than take any risks:

Given the uncertainties in the market, it would be far better to err on the side of caution.
throw caution to the wind

to decide not to worry about possible dangers or risks:

Faced with one of the worst financial crises in recent memory, British investors threw caution to the wind and scrambled to buy stocks.
sound/strike a note of caution

to warn someone about something:

The Committee sounded a note of caution, saying the extra money entering the economy may push up inflation.

cautionverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkɔːʃən/ us

to warn someone about something:

caution that Economists caution that retail sales tax collections represent about half of all retail spending.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “caution” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)