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ware2

[wair]Archaic.
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adjective
  1. watchful, wary, or cautious.
  2. aware; conscious.
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verb (used with object), wared, war·ing.
  1. to beware of (usually used in the imperative).
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Origin of ware2

before 900; Middle English (adj. and v.); Old English wær (adj.); cognate with German gewahr aware, Old Norse varr

ware3

[wair]
verb (used with object), wared, war·ing. Scot. and North England.
  1. to spend; expend.
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Origin of ware3

1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse verja to spend, invest
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British Dictionary definitions for waring

ware1

noun (often in combination)
  1. (functioning as singular) articles of the same kind or materialglassware; silverware
  2. porcelain or pottery of a specified typeagateware; jasper ware
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Word Origin

Old English waru; related to Old Frisian were, Old Norse vara, Middle Dutch Ware

ware2

verb
  1. another word for beware
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adjective
  1. another word for wary, wise 1
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Word Origin

Old English wær; related to Old Saxon, Old High German giwar, Old Norse varr, Gothic war, Latin vereor. See aware, beware

ware3

verb
  1. (tr) Northern English and British dialect to spend or squander
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Word Origin

C15: of Scandinavian origin; related to Icelandic verja
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Word Origin and History for waring

Waring

brand name of a type of food processor, 1948, manufactured by Waring Products Corp., N.Y., U.S.

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ware

n.

"manufactured goods, goods for sale," Old English waru, probably originally "object of care, that which is kept in custody," from Proto-Germanic *waro (cf. Swedish vara, Danish vare, Old Frisian were, Middle Dutch were, Dutch waar, Middle High German, German ware "goods"); related to Old English wær "aware, cautious" (see wary). Usually wares, except in compounds such as hardware, earthenware, etc. Lady ware was a jocular 17c. euphemism for "a woman's private parts," and Middle English had ape-ware "deceptive or false ware; tricks" (mid-13c.).

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ware

v.

"to take heed of, beware," Old English warian "to guard against," from Proto-Germanic *warojan, from *waro- "to guard, watch" (cf. Old Frisian waria, Old Norse vara); related to Old English wær "aware" (see wary).

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