Definition of caution in US English:

caution

noun

  • 1Care taken to avoid danger or mistakes.

    ‘anyone receiving a suspect package should exercise extreme caution’
    • ‘Extreme caution and care is required and journeys should not be undertaken unless necessary.’
    • ‘It is the duty of an auditor to bring to bear on the work he has to perform that skill, care and caution which a reasonably competent, careful and cautious auditor would use.’
    • ‘Drivers should exercise great caution on both public roads and bush tracks.’
    • ‘The caution displayed for many years by the French Conseil d' Etat concerning the supremacy of Community law is mirrored in the case law of other States.’
    • ‘But the Irish Water Safety Association, has urged the public to exercise due caution if contemplating a swim in the cold waters in the coming days.’
    • ‘Rather, love, and its consequences, is seen as a valuable goal, but one to be pursued with caution and handled with care.’
    • ‘We understand that most motorists are very understanding and pass with due caution and care, and I would hope that most riders would thank them for this.’
    • ‘As a defence of this immunity from action, it has been suggested that the prospect of litigation in such circumstances would cause delay and lead to excessive caution by ministers and officials.’
    • ‘Those urging caution note the failure of the euro to go above $1.30, despite ongoing market clatter about dollar weakness.’
    • ‘Download with caution and avoid files you can't be sure are safe.’
    • ‘Local estrogen therapy should be used with caution in patients with impaired liver function.’
    • ‘Now that there is a danger of frost it is advisable to drive with caution and avoid rushing.’
    • ‘Extreme caution is urged with men who exhibit severe violence or sociopathic traits.’
    • ‘I would ask that those involved in water based activity to exercise the utmost caution and to always play safe.’
    • ‘The real problem is that they mistake his caution for weakness.’
    • ‘To this effect, he wanted to urge road users locally to exercise care, caution and common sense when getting behind the wheel of a car.’
    • ‘She remembered Joe's warnings and walked with caution.’
    • ‘A coroner has urged climbers to exercise extreme caution when tackling limestone cliffs in the Dales.’
    • ‘Last month the fertility expert Lord Winston urged caution, warning that many obstacles in their use remained.’
    • ‘The Australian government warns travelers to exercise extreme caution.’
    care, carefulness, wariness, awareness, heedfulness, heed, attention, attentiveness, alertness, watchfulness, vigilance, circumspection, discretion, prudence, guardedness, chariness, forethought, mindfulness
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    1. 1.1 Warning.
      ‘business advisers have sounded a note of caution’
      • ‘By Thursday, conditions were eased considerably, with no repeat of the disastrous conditions, despite the Met Service continuing to sound a note of caution.’
      • ‘A general note of caution: nothing can be cured by miracles.’
      • ‘The report waives a flag of caution, warning that resources needed for educational endeavors have been reduced all across the spectrum.’
      • ‘I looked at the fuel total again; the caution made no sense to me with this much fuel.’
      • ‘‘Never lock your pets in a closed room, particularly a garage’ - the caution comes from V.R. Bhaskar.’
      • ‘It is appropriate here to repeat the caution often taught in medical school: When hearing hoof beats, don't look for zebras!’
      • ‘Remember the caution of Bill Bryson to the weary consumer - never buy anything you can't make your children carry.’
      • ‘Macleod's intervention was supported by constitutional experts yesterday as a vital step to modernise the Royal Family while Scottish Conservatives sounded a note of caution.’
      • ‘However he sounded a note of caution, warning that the glut of orders could provoke a disturbing crisis in manufacturing capacity locally.’
      • ‘The committee issued a formal caution against Mr Clayton's entry on the register.’
      • ‘One man ignored the caution and dropped onto his stomach without so much as waving a flashlight.’
      • ‘They dismiss questioning of the economy at this juncture with the caution, ‘We should not talk ourselves into a recession’.’
      • ‘She had dismissed the caution as ‘superfluous and ideological’ but in the midst of the shooting recalled the words.’
      • ‘But this caution, Mr. Rummel notes, is not merely about protecting life. It is about protecting science.’
      • ‘However, members of the Public and Commercial Services union and Prospect union have met the announcement with a note of caution.’
      • ‘Perhaps, then, Vergil's great epic does not aim only to magnify the greatness of Augustus' Rome but also to sound a note of caution or, even, warning.’
      • ‘They had been confident enough in their understanding of the situation to ignore the caution in the manual.’
      • ‘I fully agree with the caution expressed about the use of ‘smart cards.’’
      • ‘The committee issued a formal caution against Connolly's entry on the professional register.’
      • ‘It became clear that it wasn't a clear-cut hydraulics failure, as the gauge was reading erratically without the associated warning or caution.’
  • 2informal, dated An amusing or surprising person.

    joker, comedian, comic, humorist, wag, wit, funny man, funny woman, prankster, jokester, clown, buffoon, character
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verb

  • 1reporting verb Say something as a warning.

    with clause ‘the secretary cautioned that economic uncertainties remained’
    with direct speech ‘“Be careful now,” I cautioned’
    • ‘The airline has repeatedly cautioned about the scale of competition in the low fares airline sector, but it expects to be the winner and become Europe's biggest carrier.’
    • ‘However, Mr Neary cautioned that investors would face difficulties and extra costs in selling or buying shares if they opted to hold the share in physical share certificate form.’
    • ‘‘Any extension should also have a finite timeframe so that such extensions cannot be exploited indefinitely,’ he cautioned.’
    • ‘He cautions, however, that the interdiction of migrant ships in international waters might be beyond Canada's ability.’
    • ‘However, oil greases the national economy, and Gref cautioned on Thursday that the sector could be squeezed only so much before the economy started to suffer.’
    • ‘But they are cautioning here that it's too early to say that with any certainty.’
    • ‘The mayor cautioned that the hike in property taxes is needed to comply with the state law requiring him to present a balanced budget.’
    • ‘The organization agreed that a link between DU exposure and cancer has yet to be established but cautioned that its study relied heavily on military data.’
    • ‘The State Department cautioned that US facilities worldwide could be closed temporarily ‘to assess security’.’
    • ‘Having sat on city committees and council and served as mayor for the past nine years, Matthews cautioned that the city can't afford to get directly involved in social programs.’
    • ‘Despite the waiter cautioning that some dishes are ‘quite spicy,’ anyone who's accustomed to ethnic foods will find it all very safe and very mild.’
    • ‘However, the Local Government Management Services Board has cautioned that the figures can be disproportionately affected by a small number of long term absences.’
    • ‘And he cautions that all examples of behaviors that benefit individuals in the modern world are not necessarily products of evolution.’
    • ‘De Sosa cautioned, though, that ‘cancel for any reason’ policies don't automatically assure you a refund.’
    • ‘‘We've got 10 minutes to make it to your appointment,’ the co-pilot cautioned.’
    • ‘Economic purists caution patience and promise a more efficient electricity market in the future.’
    • ‘The American Society of Travel Agents cautions, too, about companies that sell questionable ID cards.’
    • ‘If they have no social contact and no exercise, these dogs are psychologically and physically deprived - a situation dog experts have long cautioned can lead to aggression and attacks.’
    • ‘Finally, he calls for consideration of potential economic fallout, cautioning that new developments will inevitably displace older technologies.’
    • ‘Thailand might experience a trade deficit for the first time since the country managed to weather the 1997 economic crisis, KRC cautioned.’
    advise, warn, recommend, counsel, urge, admonish, exhort
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    1. 1.1caution againstno object Warn or advise against (doing something)
      ‘advisers have cautioned against tax increases’
      • ‘He cautions against listening to physicians who advocate over-the-counter remedies.’
      • ‘When advising readers on choosing titles carefully, you caution against titles that may be too silly or trite.’
      • ‘The end result of this idea is a broad consensus across the political spectrum that cautions against foreign interventions unless they are required for national security reasons.’
      • ‘However, she cautions against anything too strenuous, as muscle damage is more difficult to repair as we age.’
      • ‘Before concluding, we reiterate the importance of high morale and caution against false rumors, defeatism, uncertainty, and discouragement.’
      • ‘In an accompanying editorial, Patriarca commends the study of new options for prevention of influenza but cautions against equating efficacy data with real-life effectiveness at a community level.’
      • ‘Tom Soule, a wildlife coordinator for the DNR in northwestern Minnesota, cautions against applying Waller's research in Wisconsin to Minnesota.’
      • ‘But Cilluffo cautions against over-generalizing about how U.S. authorities treat threats from Canada.’
      • ‘The Natural Child cautions against practices like ignoring a baby's cries to foster self-reliance or having the baby sleep in a separate room.’
      • ‘However, he also cautions against unnecessary alarm.’
      • ‘But he cautions against letting your guard down.’
      • ‘However, he cautions against cheap supplements that don't contain a standardised extract; a dose of 900 mg - 1,800 mg was used in most trials.’
      • ‘In one of the essays, Feynman, who is one of the 20th century's smartest people, cautions against just this sort of thing in talking about the teaching of science to children.’
      • ‘Brian Boyd, professor of education at Strathclyde University, cautions against the idea of a quick fix.’
      • ‘The manager, whose prospects will be enhanced if Ronald De Boer can recover from a calf injury, cautions against adopting tactics designed only to avoid defeat.’
      • ‘He cautions against trying to professionalise everything as there is a lot to be learnt from traditional construction techniques.’
      • ‘Local officials of the American Civil Liberties Union are cautioning the NAACP against pushing for aggressive prosecutions and imprisonment of people who use racial slurs.’
      • ‘He cowrote an editorial in the current issue of The Nation cautioning activists against engaging in any activities that could be spun by the GOP or the media as inappropriate.’
      • ‘And Lowe, who himself is under pressure to succeed this season, cautions against expecting too much too soon from the 22-year-old.’
      • ‘McCarthy at Penna stresses the importance of treating middle managers as major contributors to performance but cautions against going too far.’
      advise, warn, recommend, counsel, urge, admonish, exhort
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Origin

Middle English (denoting bail or a guarantee; now chiefly Scots and US): from Latin cautio(n-), from cavere ‘take heed’.

Pronunciation

caution

/ˈkɔʃ(ə)n//ˈkôSH(ə)n/