Definition of warm adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wɔːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɔːrm//
    (warmer, warmest) Friendly
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    at pleasant temperature
  1. 1  at a fairly high temperature in a way that is pleasant, rather than being hot or cold a warm breeze Wash the blouse in warm soapy water. It's nice and warm in here. Are you warm enough? The children jumped up and down to keep warm. You'll be as warm as toast in here. Heat the bread until it is warm to the touch. Wait for the warmer weather before putting the plants in the garden. The sun felt warm on his skin. I can’t seem to get warm.
  2. clothes/buildings
  3. 2  keeping you warm or staying warm in cold weather a warm pair of socks This sleeping bag is very warm. a warm house
  4. friendly
  5. 3  showing enthusiasm and/or affection; friendly His smile was warm and friendly. The speaker was given a warm welcome/reception. Please send her my warmest congratulations. Her comments were greeted with warm applause. See related entries: Friendly
  6. colours
  7. 4(of colours) containing red, orange or yellow, which creates a pleasant, comfortable and relaxed feeling or atmosphere The room was decorated in warm shades of red and orange.
  8. in game
  9. 5[not before noun] used to say that somebody has almost guessed the answer to something or that they have almost found somebody/something that has been hidden Keep guessing—you're getting warmer.
  10. Word OriginOld English wearm (adjective), werman, wearmian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German warm, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin formus ‘warm’ and Greek thermos ‘hot’.Extra examples Add the soured cream and cook, stirring, until just warm. Are you sure you’ll be warm enough dressed like that? Bake for 15 minutes and serve warm with Greek yogurt. Come and have a nice warm drink by the fire. How can we get warm? I slid further down into the pleasantly warm bed It was a mild day, almost warm. She felt her face grow warm at his remarks. She tries to keep warm by sitting right next to the fire. That jacket looks nice and warm. The bread should stay warm for at least half an hour. The machine may feel warm to the touch. The night air was soft and unseasonably warm. The room seemed uncomfortably warm. The weather had turned warm. These will keep your feet warm. an extremely warm and friendly person His comments were greeted with warm applause. I wish I had a warm house to go back to. It’s nice and warm in here. Make sure you pack some warm clothes. Reds and yellows are warm colours that attract attention. The house is decorated in warm shades of red and orange. The leaves swayed slowly in the soft, warm breeze. The speaker was given a warm welcome. They stood on the corner, stamping their feet to keep warm. This plant will only grow in a warm climate. This sleeping bag is really warm. You’ll be as warm as toast in here.
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