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beware


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Beware  of  all  but  most  beware  of  man  !  --Pope. 
 
  Beware  the  awful  avalanche.  --Longfellow. 
 
  2.  To  have  a  special  regard;  to  heed.  [Obs.] 
 
  Behold,  I  send  an  Angel  before  thee.  .  .  .  Beware  of 
  him  and  obey  his  voice.  --Ex.  xxiii. 
  20,  21. 
 
  Note:  This  word  is  a  compound  from  be  and  the  Old  English 
  ware,  now  wary,  which  is  an  adjective.  ``Be  ye  war  of 
  false  prophetis.''  --Wyclif,  Matt.  vii.  15.  It  is  used 
  commonly  in  the  imperative  and  infinitive  modes,  and 
  with  such  auxiliaries  (shall,  should  must  etc.)  as  go 
  with  the  infinitive. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  To  wish  them  beware  the  son.  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  beware 
  v  :  be  on  one's  guard;  be  cautious  or  wary  about  be  alert  to 
  "Beware  of  telephone  salesmen"  [syn:  {mind}] 




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