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caution

[ kaw-shuhn ]
/ ˈkɔ ʃən /
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Definition of caution

noun
alertness and prudence in a hazardous situation; care; wariness: Landslides ahead—proceed with caution.
a warning against danger or evil; anything serving as a warning: By way of caution, he told me the difficulties I would face.
Informal. a person or thing that astonishes or causes mild apprehension: She's a caution. The way he challenges your remarks is a caution.
verb (used with object)
to give warning to; advise or urge to take heed.
verb (used without object)
to warn or advise: The newspapers caution against overoptimism.
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Origin of caution

1250–1300; Middle English caucion<Latin cautiōn- (stem of cautiō) a taking care, equivalent to caut(us), past participle of cavēre to guard against (cau- take care, guard + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn--ion

synonym study for caution

4. See warn.

OTHER WORDS FROM caution

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British Dictionary definitions for caution

caution
/ (ˈkɔːʃən) /

noun
verb

Derived forms of caution

cautioner, noun

Word Origin for caution

C13: from Old French, from Latin cautiō, from cavēre to beware
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Other Idioms and Phrases with caution

caution

see throw caution to the winds.

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