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[fawr-wawrn, fohr-] /fɔrˈwɔrn, foʊr-/
verb (used with object)
to warn in advance.
Origin of forewarn
1300-50; Middle English forwarnen. See fore-, warn
Related forms
forewarner, noun
forewarningly, adverb
unforewarned, adjective
well-forewarned, adjective
caution, admonish, alert, prewarn, tip off. Unabridged
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  • Finally, be forewarned that the beaches are only moderately attractive.
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  • Lisa, who had been forewarned by her husband, did not appear at the launch party.
British Dictionary definitions for forewarned


(transitive) to warn beforehand
Derived Forms
forewarner, noun
forewarningly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for forewarned



early 14c., from fore- + warn. Related: Forewarned; forewarning.

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