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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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  • Could it have been only yesterday that he came along this road, serene, content, with no forewarning of what lay in store?

  • Some forewarning had been hers when she appealed to her lover for the possession of her children.

  • Moreover, it is not famine alone, or the forewarning of famine, that decides the movements of the migrating species.

    The Bird Jules Michelet
  • Then, as if penetrated by a forewarning, I moistened my finger in the water and drew a fish for him.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • There was perhaps some intuition, some forewarning of disaster in the mind of Robert Hale.

    Futurist Stories Margery Verner Reed
  • How should he use the weapon which Lettice had put into his hand by forewarning him?

    Name and Fame Adeline Sergeant
  • While preparing to join her friend on a long-intended mountain climb Miss Egerton-Smith, with no forewarning, died.

    Robert Browning Edward Dowden
  • I have a sort of forewarning that I ain't agoing to walk straight into this thing.

    Dixie Hart Will N. Harben
  • We had forewarning of this the day we arrived, when the field in front of us was full of smoking holes.

    Battery E in France Frederic R. Kilner
British Dictionary definitions for forewarning


(transitive) to warn beforehand
Derived Forms
forewarner, noun
forewarningly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for forewarning



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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