AskDefine | Define warning

Dictionary Definition

warning adj : serving to warn; "shook a monitory finger at him"; "an exemplary jail sentence" [syn: admonitory, cautionary, exemplary, monitory, warning(a)]


1 a message informing of danger
2 cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger) [syn: admonition, monition, word of advice]

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Verb form



  1. The action of the verb to warn; an instance of warning someone.
  2. Something spoken or written that is intended to warn.
    The boss gave him a warning that he would be fired if he did not desist from his behaviour.


instance of warning someone
something spoken or written that is intended to warn


  1. Used to warn of danger in signs and notices.


warning of danger in signs

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

The word warning may refer to:
In music:

See also

warning in German: Warning
warning in French: Warning
warning in Latvian: Brīdinājums
warning in Japanese: ウォーニング
warning in Russian: Предупреждение

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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