Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb warn

4 senses of warn

Sense 1
warn -- (notify of danger, potential harm, or risk; "The director warned him that he might be fired"; "The doctor warned me about the dangers of smoking")
       => inform -- (impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights")

Sense 2
warn, discourage, admonish, monish -- (admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior; "I warned him not to go too far"; "I warn you against false assumptions"; "She warned him to be quiet")
       => rede, advise, counsel -- (give advice to; "The teacher counsels troubled students"; "The lawyer counselled me when I was accused of tax fraud")

Sense 3
warn -- (ask to go away; "The old man warned the children off his property")
       => order, tell, enjoin, say -- (give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed")

Sense 4
warn -- (notify, usually in advance; "I warned you that I would ask some difficult questions")
       => inform -- (impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights")

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