transitive verb Date: 14th century to warn in advance

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Forewarn — Fore*warn (f[=o]r*w[add]rn ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Forewarned} (f[=o]r*w[add]rnd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Forewarning}.] To warn beforehand; to give previous warning, admonition, information, or notice to; to caution in advance. [1913 Webster] We were …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forewarn — I verb admonish beforehand, advise, advise against, advise beforehand, alarm, alert, alert to danger, augur, caution, caution against danger, caution beforehand, caution in advance, counsel, deter, discourage, dissuade, exhort, expostulate,… …   Law dictionary

  • forewarn — (v.) early 14c., from FORE (Cf. fore ) + WARN (Cf. warn). Related: Forewarned; forewarning …   Etymology dictionary

  • forewarn — *warn, caution Analogous words: notify, advise, apprise, *inform: admonish (see REPROVE): advise, counsel (see under ADVICE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • forewarn — [v] caution that something may happen admonish, advise, alarm, alert, apprise, dissuade, flag, forbode, give fair warning*, give the high sign*, portend, premonish, pull one’s coat*, put a bug in one’s ear*, put one wise*, put on guard*,… …   New thesaurus

  • forewarn — ► VERB ▪ warn in advance. ● forewarned is forearmed Cf. ↑forewarned is forearmed …   English terms dictionary

  • forewarn — [fôr wôrn′] vt. to warn beforehand …   English World dictionary

  • forewarn — v. (D; tr.) to forewarn of * * * [fɔː wɔːn] (D;tr.) to forewarn of …   Combinatory dictionary

  • forewarn — UK [fɔː(r)ˈwɔː(r)n] / US [fɔrˈwɔrn] verb [transitive] Word forms forewarn : present tense I/you/we/they forewarn he/she/it forewarns present participle forewarning past tense forewarned past participle forewarned to warn someone about a problem… …   English dictionary

  • forewarn — fore|warn [fo:ˈwo:n US fo:rˈwo:rn] v [T often passive] 1.) to warn someone about something dangerous, unpleasant, or unexpected before it happens forewarn sb of/about sth ▪ We d been forewarned of the dangers of travelling at night. 2.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • forewarn — [[t]fɔː(r)wɔ͟ː(r)n[/t]] forewarns, forewarning, forewarned VERB If you forewarn someone about something, you warn them in advance that it is going to happen. forewarned is forearmed → see forearmed [V n of/about n] …   English dictionary

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