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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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Examples from the web for forewarning
  • The saddest form of natural disaster, without any forewarning.
  • The forewarning technique first removes eye-blinks and other artifacts that are superimposed on the brain wave activity.
  • forewarning of imminent volcanic hazards can reduce operational disruptions at airports.
  • More often than not, emergencies and major disasters develop quickly with little or no forewarning or advanced notice.
  • Cancellations may occur at anytime without forewarning.
  • forewarning of imminent volcanic hazards improves the effectiveness of mitigation actions taken by airports.
  • Appellant denied driving the car and said that the shooting and robbery took place without any forewarning to him.
British Dictionary definitions for forewarning


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



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

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