Definition of caution noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    caution

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈkɔːʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːʃn//
     
     
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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. He could find himself making enemies as well as friends unless he proceeds with the utmost caution. Synonymscarecaution 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:The utmost caution must be exercised when handling explosives.prudence (rather formal) being sensible and careful when you make judgements and decisions; avoiding unnecessary risks:As a matter of prudence, keep a record of all your financial transactions. 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[countable] (British English) a warning that is given by the police to somebody who has committed a crime that is not too serious As a first offender, she got off with a caution.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] (formal) a warning or a piece of advice about a possible danger or risk a word/note of caution Some cautions must be mentioned—for example good tools are essential to do the job well.
  4. Word Origin Middle English (denoting bail or a guarantee; now chiefly Scots and US): from Latin cautio(n-), from cavere ‘take heed’.Extra examples I must stress the need for caution. I would just like to add a word of caution. The board sounded a note of caution about the economy. The information on the website should be treated with some caution. The information should be treated with some caution. The utmost caution must be exercised when handling explosives. They let her off with a caution. We proceeded with due caution. We urge caution in the use of this medication. It is better to err on the side of caution Some cautions must be kept in mind when interpreting these results. Some companies have sounded a note of caution about the outlook for the second half of this year.Idioms
    throw/cast 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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