Warn v. t. To refuse. [Written also wern, worn.] [Obs.]
Warn, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Warned p. pr. & vb. n. Warning.]
1. To make ware or aware; to give previous information to; to give notice to; to notify; to admonish; hence, to notify or summon by authority; as, to warn a town meeting; to warn a tenant to quit a house. “Warned of the ensuing fight.”
Cornelius the centurion . . . was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee. --Acts x. 22.
Who is it that hath warned us to the walls? --Shak.
2. To give notice to, of approaching or probable danger or evil; to caution against anything that may prove injurious. “Juturna warns the Daunian chief of Lausus' danger, urging swift relief.”
3. To ward off. [Obs.]
v 1: notify of danger, potential harm, or risk; "The director
warned him that he might be fired"; "The doctor warned
me about the dangers of smoking"
2: admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior; "I
warned him not to go too far"; "I warn you against false
assumptions"; "She warned him to be quiet" [syn: discourage,
3: ask to go away; "The old man warned the children off his
4: notify, usually in advance; "I warned you that I would ask
some difficult questions"