be·ware /bɪˈwær, ˈwɛr/
Be·ware v. i.
1. To be on one's guard; to be cautious; to take care; -- commonly followed by of or lest before the thing that is to be avoided.
Beware of all, but most beware of man ! --Pope.
Beware the awful avalanche. --Longfellow.
2. To have a special regard; to heed. [Obs.]
Behold, I send an Angel before thee. . . . Beware of him, and obey his voice. --Ex. xxiii. 20, 21.
Note: ☞ This word is a compound from be and the Old English ware, now wary, which is an adjective. “Be ye war of false prophetis.” --Wyclif, Matt. vii. 15. It is used commonly in the imperative and infinitive modes, and with such auxiliaries (shall, should, must, etc.) as go with the infinitive.
Be·ware v. t. To avoid; to take care of; to have a care for. [Obs.] “Priest, beware your beard.”
To wish them beware the son. --Milton.
v : be on one's guard; be cautious or wary about; be alert to;
"Beware of telephone salesmen" [syn: mind]