warm [wawrm] /wɔrm/ Show IPA adjective, warmer, warmest, verb, noun
verb phrases 2
having or giving out a moderate degree of heat, as perceived by the senses:
a warm bath.
of or at a moderately high temperature; characterized by comparatively high temperature:
a warm oven; a warm climate; a warm summer.
having a sensation of bodily heat:
to be warm from fast walking.
conserving or maintaining warmth
(of colors) suggestive of warmth
; inclining toward red or orange rather than toward green or blue.
characterized by or showing lively feelings, passions, emotions, sympathies, etc.:
a warm heart; warm interest.
strongly attached; intimate:
cordial or hearty:
a warm welcome.
heated, irritated, or angry:
to become warm when contradicted.
animated, lively, brisk, or vigorous:
a warm debate.
strong or fresh:
a warm scent.
close to something sought, as in a game.
uncomfortable or unpleasant:
His opponents made things so warm that he decided to quit.
British Informal. well off; in easy circumstances.
verb (used with object)
to make warm; heat (often followed by up
to warm one's hands; to warm up a room.
to heat or cook (something) for reuse, as leftovers (usually followed by over
to warm up yesterday's stew.
to excite enthusiasm, ardor, cheerfulness, or vitality in (someone):
The wine soon warmed the company.
to inspire with kindly feeling; affect with lively pleasure:
It warms my soul to hear you say that.
to fill (a person, crowd, etc.) with strong feelings, as hatred, anger, or zeal:
Restrictions had warmed the crew to the point of mutiny.
verb (used without object)
to become warm or warmer (often followed by up
The room will warm up when the fire gets going.
to become ardent, enthusiastic, animated, etc. (often followed by up
The speaker quickly warmed to her subject.
to grow kindly, friendly, or sympathetically disposed (often followed by to
My heart warms toward him.
Sit by the fire and have a nice warm.
warm down, to conclude or follow a period of strenuous physical exercise by walking or gentle stretching.
to prepare for a game, sports contest, dance, etc., by moderate exercise or practice beforehand.
to increase in excitement, intensity, violence, etc.:
The racial situation was warming up.
to become friendlier or more receptive:
No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't warm up to that proposal.
Radio and Television. to entertain (an audience) prior to a broadcast to increase receptiveness.
warm the bench, Sports.
to serve as a substitute who rarely plays in a game:
The young outfielder warmed the bench for the Yankees last season.
before 900; (adj.) Middle English werm, warm, Old English wearm; cognate with German warm, Old Norse varmr; (v.) Middle English warmen, wermen, Old English werman, wirman (transitive), wearmian (intransitive), both akin to the adj.; (noun) derivative of the v.
prewarm, verb (used with object)
1. lukewarm, tepid, heated. 6. hearty, enthusiastic, fervent, fervid, emotional, ardent. 7. friendly, close. 8. fervent. 9. annoyed, vexed, irate, furious. 10. vehement. 17. animate, excite, waken, stir, rouse, arouse.
1–3, 5, 8. cool.