beware

be|ware [bıˈweə US -ˈwer] v [I,T only in imperative and infinitive]
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: be + ware 'careful' (11-19 centuries) (from Old English wAr)]
used to warn someone to be careful because something is dangerous
beware of
Beware of the dog!
beware of doing sth
They should beware of making hasty decisions.
Police warned drivers to beware.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • beware — is of Old English origin, and except for a period from about 1600 to the late 19c has lacked inflected forms, being used chiefly in the imperative (Beware of the dog!) or after a modal auxiliary such as do and must (Do beware of the dog / We must …   Modern English usage

  • Beware — Be*ware , v. i. [Be, imperative of verb to be + ware. See {Ware}, {Wary}.] 1. To be on one s guard; to be cautious; to take care; commonly followed by of or lest before the thing that is to be avoided. [1913 Webster] Beware of all, but most… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Beware — Kompilationsalbum von The Misfits Veröffentlichung Januar 1980 Label Plan 9 Records Format …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Beware — Be*ware (b[ e]*w[^a]r ), v. t. To avoid; to take care of; to have a care for. [Obs.] Priest, beware your beard. Shak. [1913 Webster] To wish them beware the son. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beware — I verb be careful, be cautious, be chary, be circumspect, be forewarned, be guarded, be on one s guard, be on the alert, be on the lookout, be on the watch, be prepared, be prewarned, be prudent, be warned, be wary, have a care, keep out of harm… …   Law dictionary

  • beware — c.1200, probably from a conflation of be ware (though the compound bewarian defend existed in Old English). See WARY (Cf. wary) …   Etymology dictionary

  • beware — [v] be careful attend, avoid, be cautious, be wary, guard against, heed, keep eyes open*, keep one’s distance, keep on one’s toes*, look out, mind, mind p’s and q’s*, notice, refrain from, shun, steer clear of*, take care, take heed, walk on… …   New thesaurus

  • beware — ► VERB ▪ be cautious and alert to risks or dangers. ORIGIN from the phrase be ware «be aware» …   English terms dictionary

  • beware — [bē wer′, biwer′] vi., vt. bewared, bewaring [assoc. with BE, imper. + WARE2, but prob. < OE bewarian, to keep watch < be + warian, to watch, be wary] to be wary or careful (of); be on one s guard (against) …   English World dictionary

  • beware — be|ware [ bı wer ] verb intransitive or transitive usually in imperative * used to warn someone of danger or difficulty: Beware, buying a house is full of problems. beware of: Beware of the dog! beware of doing something: You should beware of… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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