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beware

[bih-wair] /bɪˈwɛər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to be wary, cautious, or careful of (usually used imperatively):
Beware such inconsistency. Beware his waspish wit.
verb (used without object)
2.
to be cautious or careful:
Beware of the dog.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English, from phrase of warning be ware. See be, ware2
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British Dictionary definitions for be ware

beware

/bɪˈwɛə/
verb
1.
(usually used in the imperative or infinitive) often foll by of. to be cautious or wary (of); be on one's guard (against)
Word Origin
C13 be war, from be (imperative) + warwary
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Word Origin and History for be ware

beware

v.

c.1200, probably from a conflation of be ware (though the compound bewarian "defend" existed in Old English). See wary.

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