adjective, warm·er, warm·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to prepare for a game, sports contest, dance, etc., by moderate exercise or practice beforehand.
- to increase in excitement, intensity, violence, etc.: The racial situation was warming up.
- to become friendlier or more receptive: No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't warm up to that proposal.
- Radio and Television. to entertain (an audience) prior to a broadcast to increase receptiveness.
Origin of warm
SYNONYMS FOR warm
Examples from the Web for warmly
As we walked through the venue, campaign staffers and facility workers greeted him warmly.Behind the Scenes With a ‘Site Agent’: The Secret Service’s Hardest Job|Marc Ambinder|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She welcomed us warmly, and shared memories of my grandparents and great-grandparents.
A warmly funny Abramson revealed that, like the graduates, she was both scared and excited to face the future.‘Calamity Jill’ Rises Again: Fired New York Times Editor Returns to the Public Stage|Lloyd Grove|May 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The piece—an intended satire of affirmative action—was not received quite as warmly as the “I speak Jive” scene from Airplane!Ex-Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner Relives College Glory Days|Olivia Nuzzi|May 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I recognize a few Ukrainian professionals from a networking group and they hug me warmly.Slouching Towards Maidan: An American Hair-Trader Reflects On Ukraine’s Protests|Vijai Maheshwari|December 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Captain Raymond, who was present, warmly seconded the invitation, and Mary accepted it.Elsie at Ion|Martha Finley
Fanny was all smiles and attention in an instant, and warmly squeezed Barbara's hand.The Morning Glory Club|George A. Kyle
"That you will always be, I'm sure," returned Newton, warmly.A Crooked Path|Mrs. Alexander
Garth's terrible scorn penetrated the last wrappings of the warmly nurtured ego within.Two on the Trail|Hulbert Footner
"And yours will be just right for you, Ruth," said Bettina, warmly.A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband|Louise Bennett Weaver
British Dictionary definitions for warmly
Derived Formswarmer, nounwarmish, adjectivewarmly, adverbwarmness, noun
Word Origin for warm
Idioms and Phrases with warmly
In addition to the idioms beginning with warm
- warm as toast
- warm heart
- warm the bench
- warm the cockles of one's heart
- warm up
- warm welcome
- cold hands, warm heart
- look like death (warmed over)