Definition of prewarn in English:



[with object]
  • Inform (someone) of a possible future danger or problem; forewarn.

    ‘people living within areas that have been prone to flooding would be prewarned’
    • ‘Easter is only just around the corner and everyone has been prewarned not to buy me any easter eggs.’
    • ‘These bars and clubs pre-warn their customers that this is their policy and some are now allowing bottles and glasses onto the dance floor.’
    • ‘It is better to be pre-warned than to be taken by surprise and found unprepared.’
    • ‘It drained a section of the canal for maintenance, didn't pre-warn the moored boaters, but just untied and pushed the boats away from the bank.’
    • ‘Pre-warn your neighbours and let them know what time the party will end.’
    • ‘More effort needs to be made to increase the visibility of signage and safety flaggers in order to pre-warn and protect all users.’
    • ‘After thinking about it and pre-warning them of my views I said "yes".’
    • ‘Last week, as fire warden Evacuation Team Leader, I received a phone call pre-warning me of an exercise. I mentioned that I would be absent on Wednesday and my team member is now based in Exeter.’
    • ‘I do not want to pre-warn him of our intentions but do not think it is correct that he digs an even bigger hole for himself over the next two weeks.’
    • ‘Tornadoes just happen — there's nothing that pre-warns you about it, they can happen anywhere.’
    warn, warn in advance, give advance warning, give fair warning, give notice, advise, apprise, inform
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