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warning

A warning is a caution against something dangerous. When there's a shark warning at the beach, the lifeguards will order everyone out of the water.

When you receive a warning, you get an official advance notice of some impending problem. A crow might caw loudly as a warning when it sees a cat, and a traffic cop might give a first-time speeder a warning instead of an expensive ticket. You can also use warning as an adjective: "The warning light came on in her car as it started to overheat."

Definitions of warning
  1. noun
    a message informing of danger
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    wake-up call
    a warning to take action concerning something that was overlooked or neglected
    alarmism
    needless warnings
    alert, alerting
    a warning that serves to make you more alert to danger
    caution, caveat
    a warning against certain acts
    false alarm
    a warning that is given about something that fails to occur
    forewarning, premonition
    an early warning about a future event
    heads-up
    a warning message
    strategic warning
    (military) a warning prior to the start of a threatening act
    tactical warning
    (military) a warning after the initiation of a hostile act
    threat
    a warning that something unpleasant is imminent
    warning of attack
    a warning to national policy makers that an enemy intends to launch an attack in the near future
    warning of war
    a warning to national policy makers that an enemy intends war or is preparing for war and is on a course that increases the risk of war
    type of:
    informing, making known
    a speech act that conveys information
  2. noun
    cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger or other unpleasantness)
    “the warning was to beware of surprises”
    synonyms: admonition, monition, word of advice
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    deterrent example, example, lesson, object lesson
    punishment intended as a warning to others
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    advice
    a proposal for an appropriate course of action
  3. noun
    notification of something, usually in advance
    “they gave little warning of their arrival”
    “she had only had four days' warning before leaving Berlin”
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    type of:
    apprisal, notification, telling
    informing by words
  4. adjective
    serving to warn
    synonyms: admonitory, cautionary, exemplary, monitory
    dissuasive
    deterring from action
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