verb (used with object)
to be wary, cautious, or careful of (usually used imperatively): Beware such inconsistency. Beware his waspish wit.
verb (used without object)
to be cautious or careful: Beware of the dog.
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Origin of beware
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(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
C13 be war, from be (imperative) + war wary
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c.1200, probably from a conflation of be ware (though the compound bewarian "defend" existed in Old English). See wary.
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