- to be wary, cautious, or careful of (usually used imperatively): Beware such inconsistency. Beware his waspish wit.
- to be cautious or careful: Beware of the dog.
Origin of beware
Examples from the Web for beware
Contemporary Examples of beware
But beware of voting based on the fears stoked by politicians for their own political gain -- on both sides.Ebola, ISIS, the Border: So Much to Fear, So Little Time!
November 2, 2014
And beware the perky morning anchors with their inane questions (Aretha Franklin).Ariana Grande, This Is How to Be a Diva
October 21, 2014
But we should beware of the facile tradition of criticizing colleges, professors, and the young (or just mocking them).The Elite American College Pile-On
Michael S. Roth
September 15, 2014
Singh went on to say that Indian women should beware of adopting a western code of feminism.How India’s Elites Encourage Rape
July 15, 2014
Watch out for:Beware of starches and white rice flour leading the pack on the ingredients label.How to Buy Gluten-Free Without Getting Duped
April 12, 2014
Historical Examples of beware
Avoid me—place yourself in the condition of my opponent, and beware.
As for the traitors, let them beware, for my arm is longer than they dream.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
Also it is a notice to the gods of the enemy that theirs is the stronger god, and to beware.The Trail Book
America, to be true to herself, must beware of such false lights, of the press as these.Ridgeway
Some good fellows have warned me to beware of them, they cheat man and beast.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
- (usually used in the imperative or infinitive, often foll by of) to be cautious or wary (of); be on one's guard (against)
Word Origin for beware
c.1200, probably from a conflation of be ware (though the compound bewarian "defend" existed in Old English). See wary.