- 1careful when dealing with someone or something because you think that there may be a danger or problem synonym cautious
- 2 wary (of somebody/something) Be wary of strangers who offer you a ride. wary (of doing something) She was wary of getting involved with him. He gave her a wary look. The police will need to keep a wary eye on this area of town (= watch it carefully, in case there is trouble). compare unwary
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NAmE//ˈwɛrəli//adverb The cat eyed him warily.
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NAmE//ˈwɛrinəs//noun [uncountable] feelings of wariness There was a wariness in her tone.