forewarn

[ fawr-wawrn, fohr- ]
/ fɔrˈwɔrn, foʊr- /

verb (used with object)

to warn in advance.

Nearby words

  1. foretriangle,
  2. forever,
  3. forever and a day,
  4. forevermore,
  5. foreverness,
  6. forewarned is forearmed,
  7. forewaters,
  8. forewent,
  9. forewind,
  10. forewing

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

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British Dictionary definitions for forewarning

forewarn

/ (fɔːˈwɔːn) /

verb

(tr) to warn beforehand
Derived Formsforewarner, nounforewarningly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for forewarning

forewarn

v.

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

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