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forewarn

[fawr-wawrn, fohr-] /fɔrˈwɔrn, foʊr-/
verb (used with object)
1.
to warn in advance.
Origin of forewarn
1300-1350
First recorded in 1300-50, forewarn is from the Middle English word forwarnen. See fore-, warn
Related forms
forewarner, noun
forewarningly, adverb
unforewarned, adjective
well-forewarned, adjective
Synonyms
caution, admonish, alert, prewarn, tip off.
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  • Besides, it seems that you alone were forewarned of this sudden departure.

  • You'll forgive me for frightening you, but it is best you should be forewarned.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • If I had been a prophet I should have been forewarned and, consequently, forearmed.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Yet it was impossible he should have been forewarned; impossible he could have had word of how they proposed to deal with him.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • forewarned by the present, I make no doubt you will prepare to receive him fittingly.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for forewarned

forewarn

/fɔːˈwɔːn/
verb
1.
(transitive) to warn beforehand
Derived Forms
forewarner, noun
forewarningly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for forewarned

forewarn

v.

early 14c., from fore- + warn. Related: Forewarned; forewarning.

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