beware


beware
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 beware of impostors). Use with a direct object is found in Shakespeare

• (Since I am a dog, beware my phangs —The Merchant of Venice iii.iii.7

• Beware the Ides of March —Julius Caesar i.ii.20)

and other poetic writing, but is not a feature of ordinary speech or writing, except allusively. In current English, of is used as a link word:

• Beware of flying elephants and risk-free bonds —Sunday Times, 2005.


Modern English usage. 2014.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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 [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… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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