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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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  • Some forewarning had been hers when she appealed to her lover for the possession of her children.

  • Then, as if penetrated by a forewarning, I moistened my finger in the water and drew a fish for him.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • It happened that we had a forewarning of what might be expected.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell
  • He joked about it then, as now, but there was the forewarning of death in it.

    Hawthorne and His Circle Julian Hawthorne
  • How should he use the weapon which Lettice had put into his hand by forewarning him?

    Name and Fame Adeline Sergeant
  • I have a sort of forewarning that I ain't agoing to walk straight into this thing.

    Dixie Hart Will N. Harben
  • Only a Farfan escaped, not without suspicion of forewarning by the rebels.

    At Last Charles Kingsley
  • Only two texts of forewarning and reassuring Scripture, and then the year of grace 1664.

    Samuel Rutherford Alexander Whyte
  • A draft of hot fetid air swept through the corridor, carrying with it the forewarning of unspeakable things to come.

    Vulcan's Workshop Harl Vincent
British Dictionary definitions for forewarning

forewarn

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

forewarn

v.

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

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