Definition of premonish in English:



  • Inform (someone) of a possible future danger or problem; forewarn.

    • ‘Every traveller is premonished by the oft-repeated advertisement that 'baggage is at the risk of the owner'.’
    • ‘When priests are ordained, the bishop warns them that it is their duty to teach, and to premonish, to feed and to provide for the Lord's family.’
    • ‘When amid the autumn woods, it were well for us to consider the falling of the leaves as premonishing us of the separation that must soon take place between our bodies and our souls.’
    • ‘We premonish both ourselves and others, that no single visit should exceed a quarter of an hour.’
    • ‘The United States, he premonished, could not hope to remain an island of democracy in a totalitarian sea.’
    warn, prewarn, warn in advance, give advance warning, give fair warning, give notice, advise, apprise, inform
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Mid 16th century: from Latin praemonere forewarn with the ending altered after the pattern of admonish.