fore|warn [fo:ˈwo:n US fo:rˈwo:rn] v [T often passive]
1.) to warn someone about something dangerous, unpleasant, or unexpected before it happens
forewarn sb of/about sth
We'd been forewarned of the dangers of travelling at night.
2.) forewarned is forearmed
used to say that it is better to know about something before it happens, so that you can be prepared for it
>forewarning n [U and C]

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  • Forewarn — Fore*warn (f[=o]r*w[add]rn ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Forewarned} (f[=o]r*w[add]rnd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Forewarning}.] To warn beforehand; to give previous warning, admonition, information, or notice to; to caution in advance. [1913 Webster] We were …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forewarn — I verb admonish beforehand, advise, advise against, advise beforehand, alarm, alert, alert to danger, augur, caution, caution against danger, caution beforehand, caution in advance, counsel, deter, discourage, dissuade, exhort, expostulate,… …   Law dictionary

  • forewarn — (v.) early 14c., from FORE (Cf. fore ) + WARN (Cf. warn). Related: Forewarned; forewarning …   Etymology dictionary

  • forewarn — *warn, caution Analogous words: notify, advise, apprise, *inform: admonish (see REPROVE): advise, counsel (see under ADVICE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • forewarn — [v] caution that something may happen admonish, advise, alarm, alert, apprise, dissuade, flag, forbode, give fair warning*, give the high sign*, portend, premonish, pull one’s coat*, put a bug in one’s ear*, put one wise*, put on guard*,… …   New thesaurus

  • forewarn — ► VERB ▪ warn in advance. ● forewarned is forearmed Cf. ↑forewarned is forearmed …   English terms dictionary

  • forewarn — [fôr wôrn′] vt. to warn beforehand …   English World dictionary

  • forewarn — v. (D; tr.) to forewarn of * * * [fɔː wɔːn] (D;tr.) to forewarn of …   Combinatory dictionary

  • forewarn — UK [fɔː(r)ˈwɔː(r)n] / US [fɔrˈwɔrn] verb [transitive] Word forms forewarn : present tense I/you/we/they forewarn he/she/it forewarns present participle forewarning past tense forewarned past participle forewarned to warn someone about a problem… …   English dictionary

  • forewarn — [[t]fɔː(r)wɔ͟ː(r)n[/t]] forewarns, forewarning, forewarned VERB If you forewarn someone about something, you warn them in advance that it is going to happen. forewarned is forearmed → see forearmed [V n of/about n] …   English dictionary

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