[fawr-wawrn, fohr-]

verb (used with object)

to warn in advance.

Origin of forewarn

First recorded in 1300–50, forewarn is from the Middle English word forwarnen. See fore-, warn
Related formsfore·warn·er, nounfore·warn·ing·ly, adverbun·fore·warned, adjectivewell-fore·warned, adjective

Synonyms for forewarn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for forewarned

dissuade, admonish, apprise, alarm, tip, portend, flag, advise, alert, telegraph, premonish

Examples from the Web for forewarned

Contemporary Examples of forewarned

Historical Examples of forewarned

  • Besides, it seems that you alone were forewarned of this sudden departure.

  • You'll forgive me for frightening you, but it is best you should be forewarned.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • If I had been a prophet I should have been forewarned and, consequently, forearmed.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Yet it was impossible he should have been forewarned; impossible he could have had word of how they proposed to deal with him.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Forewarned by the present, I make no doubt you will prepare to receive him fittingly.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for forewarned



(tr) to warn beforehand
Derived Formsforewarner, nounforewarningly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for forewarned



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

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