WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
cau•tion /ˈkɔʃən/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- [uncountable] alertness in a dangerous situation;
care: Proceed with caution.
- a warning against danger or evil[countable]The referee issued several cautions to the boxer during the match.
- to give advice (to); to give a warning (to): [no object]I would caution against optimism.[~ + object]The referee cautioned him about his penalties.[~ + object + to + verb]I caution you not to over-exercise.[~ + object + that clause]They cautioned her that she would lose her driver's license.
- alertness and prudence in a hazardous situation;
wariness:Landslides ahead—proceed with caution.
- a warning against danger or evil; anything serving as a warning:By way of caution, he told me the difficulties I would face.
- [Informal.]a person or thing that astonishes or causes mild apprehension:She's a caution. The way he challenges your remarks is a caution.
- to give warning to; advise or urge to take heed.
- to warn or advise:The newspapers caution against overoptimism.
1 . circumspection, discretion, watchfulness, heed, vigilance. 2 . admonition, advice, counsel. 4 . admonish, forewarn. See warn.
1 . carelessness.
- Latin cautiōn- (stem of cautiō) a taking care, equivalent. to caut(us), past participle of cavēre to guard against (cau- take care, guard + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
- Middle English caucion 1250–1300
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
caution /ˈkɔːʃən/ n
- care, forethought, or prudence, esp in the face of danger; wariness
- something intended or serving as a warning; admonition
- chiefly Brit a formal warning given to a person suspected or accused of an offence that his words will be taken down and may be used in evidence
- informal an amusing or surprising person or thing
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Latin cautiō, from cavēre to beware
- (transitive) to urge or warn (a person) to be careful
- (transitive) chiefly Brit to give a caution to (a person)
- (intransitive) to warn, urge, or advise: he cautioned against optimism
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