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



    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːnɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːrnɪŋ//
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] a statement, an event, etc. telling somebody that something bad or unpleasant may happen in the future so that they can try to avoid it Doctors issued a warning against eating any fish caught in the river. to give somebody fair/advance/adequate warning of something The bridge collapsed without (any) warning. Let me give you a word of warning. a government health warning Many people continue to ignore warnings about the dangers of sunbathing. The union failed to heed warnings that strike action would lead to the closure of the factory. see also early warning, trigger warning
  2. 2  [countable] a statement telling somebody that they will be punished if they continue to behave in a particular way synonym caution to give somebody a verbal/written/final warning
  3. Word OriginOld English war(e)nung (see warn, -ing).Extra examples Every cigarette packet carries a government health warning. He gave us a word of warning about going out alone at night. He left his wife without warning. Her words sounded like a veiled warning. His employers have placed him on final written warning. Hurricane warnings have been posted on their website. I need advance warning of how many people to cater for. Let this be a warning to you not to trespass on my land again! On 2 April 1916 air-raid warnings sounded throughout Edinburgh. Red marks on the skin may be a warning sign for this disease. The Institute has sent out a new warning to all businesses. The dog growled in warning as we approached. The explosion came 20 minutes after a coded warning to police. The police have issued a warning about pickpockets. The police issued a warning to all drug users in the city. The referee fave him a final warning. The sensors provide early warning of the approach of enemy troops. The sirens sound a warning when fighter planes are sighted. The strike sounded a warning to all employers in the industry. The team’s defeat is a salutary warning before the World Cup. The warning came just minutes before the bomb exploded. There are 39 severe flood warnings on 22 rivers across the country. There is an audible warning when a certain speed is exceeded. There was little warning of the coming disaster. There were dire warnings about the dangers of watching too much TV. They failed to heed a warning about the dangerous currents in the river. They sent us fair warning of their arrival. What happened to him should serve as a warning to all dishonest politicians. a campaign for health warning labels on alcohol a warning about teaching children to swim a warning against complacency intelligence warnings of terrorist attacks All tobacco products are required to carry a government health warning. I give you fair warning, I’ll take you to court if I have to. Let me give you a word of warning. The bridge collapsed without any warning. We were given no advance warning of the attack.