the act or utterance of one who warns or the existence, appearance, sound, etc., of a thing that warns.
something that serves to warn, give notice, or caution: We fired a warning at the intruders.
serving to warn, advise, caution: a warning bell.
- warn·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use warning in a sentence
According to Fischer, the warning system will be monitored through the Office of the Inspector General.The policing reforms in the Breonna Taylor settlement, explained | Fabiola Cineas | September 17, 2020 | Vox
It would also require platforms give news publishers 28 days advance warning of any changes to their algorithms that might affect the placement of news.State of play: Where the battle with Google and Facebook to pay for news is hottest | Lucinda Southern | September 7, 2020 | Digiday
Many Americans appear to be taking those warnings seriously.Will ‘Tenet’ revive U.S. movie theaters as it’s finally released? | dzanemorris | September 3, 2020 | Fortune
As shown in the figures above and the chart below, console makers have usually given the public more warning of their launch plans than they're set to this year.When should we expect launch prices and dates for 2020’s new consoles? | Kyle Orland | August 28, 2020 | Ars Technica
The announcement came about a month after the city removed two statues of Christopher Columbus — without warning and in the middle of the night — following protests.A Closer Look at the Public Art at Chicago Police Stations | by Logan Jaffe | August 21, 2020 | ProPublica
There were also crashes not due to either mechanical or human error but to a lack of warning of dangerous conditions.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly? | Clive Irving | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Suddenly, without warning, the whole feeling of the scene changes.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The government continues to call for calm while warning people to be on their guard.
But we both know the warning signs and know what to do if that should happen.
We prefer to wave away the warning signs; like The Interview, Mulholland Drive was comfortably downplayed as over-the-top satire.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack | James Poulos | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Is it true that whenever we are about to do an ill or unjust deed a shadow of the fruits it will bring comes over us as a warning?Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
His repeated coughing seemed a constant warning that at any moment he might be vanquished in the struggle for becoming silence.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
I suppose that to most men such a warning would be a direct incitement to make the attempt.Uncanny Tales | Various
Time and time again he had given warning of the approach of guerrillas, only to have his master meet them as friends.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
On this the royal band of music would strike up its liveliest airs, and a great bell would toll its evening warning.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
British Dictionary definitions for warning
a hint, intimation, threat, etc, of harm or danger
advice to beware or desist
(prenominal) intended or serving to warn: a warning look
(of the coloration of certain distasteful or poisonous animals) having conspicuous markings, which predators recognize and learn to avoid; aposematic
- warningly, adverb
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