Definition of caution noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    caution

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    noun
    NAmE//ˈkɔʃn//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] care that you take in order to avoid danger or mistakes; not taking any risks extreme/great caution Statistics should be treated with caution. Use caution (= Be careful) when you drive on icy roads. He could find himself making enemies as well as friends unless he proceeds with the utmost caution. Thesauruscarecaution prudenceThese are all words for attention or thought that you give to something in order to avoid mistakes or accidents.care attention or thought that you give to something that you are doing so that you will do it well and avoid mistakes or damage:She chose her words with care.caution care that you take in order to avoid danger or mistakes; not taking any risks:He drove with caution on the icy roads.prudence (somewhat formal) being sensible and careful when you make judgments and decisions; avoiding unnecessary risks:The bank conducted its business with great prudence. Prudence is used particularly in financial contexts.Patterns to do something with care/caution/prudence great/extreme care/caution/prudence to use/exercise care/caution/prudence to proceed with care/caution
  2. 2 [uncountable, singular] (formal) a warning or a piece of advice about a possible danger or risk a word/note of caution He offered a caution: “We can't say 100 percent this will succeed.”
  3. Idioms
    throw caution to the wind(s)
     
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    to stop caring about how dangerous something might be; to start taking risks He threw caution to the wind and dived into the water after the child.
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