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warn about (someone or something)

1. To provide information in advance about the risks or dangers associated with someone or something. Analysts have been warning about a likely downturn in the economy for months now, so this dip in the market shouldn't come as a surprise. Police are warning about a number of escaped inmates who are at large in the area.
2. To caution someone about someone or something; to inform someone about the risks or dangers of someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "warn" and "about." My mom always warns me about the dangers of texting while driving. You need to warn him about Allison before he falls prey to her usual tricks.
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warn (one) against (something)

To caution one not to do something that is dangerous or risky. My mother always warned me against hanging out with hoodlums like you, and now I know why. Doctors are warning people against spending too much time in the sun this week lest they suffer dehydration or sunstroke.
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warn away (from someone or something)

To caution one to leave or not to come near (someone or something). A noun or pronoun can either be used before or after "away." The government put up a sign warning away any potential hikers. Police had to warn people away from the wild bear, as they kept wanting to get close enough to take a photo. My parents tied to warn me away from him, but I just found him too irresistible.
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warn of (someone or something)

1. To provide information in advance about some potential source of harm, danger, or trouble. Analysts have been warning of a likely downturn in the economy for months now, so this dip in the market shouldn't come as a surprise. Police are warning of a number of escaped inmates who are at large in the area.
2. To caution someone about something; to inform someone of the risks or dangers of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "warn" and "of." My mom always warns me of the dangers of texting while driving. I wish someone has warned me of her kleptomania before we started dating.
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warn off (from someone or something)

To caution someone to leave or not to come near something. A noun or pronoun can either be used before or after "off." The government put up signs warning off any potential hikers from the area. I held my shotgun across my chest as I warned the ruffians off.
See also: off, someone, warn

warn someone about someone or something

to advise someone about the dangers associated with someone or something. Didn't I warn you about the dangers of going there? I warned you about Alice.
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warn someone against someone or something

to advise someone against someone, something, or doing something. We warned them all against going to the region at this time. I warned her against Gerald.
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warn someone away from someone or something

to advise someone to avoid someone or something. We warned her away from the danger, but she did not heed our warning. Why didn't you warn me away from Roger?
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warn someone of something

to advise someone that something bad is likely to happen. I wish you had warned us of what was going to happen. Please warn John of the heavy traffic he may run into.
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warn someone off

to advise a person to stay away. We placed a guard outside the door to warn people off until the gas leak could be fixed. The guards warned off everyone in the vicinity.
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warn about

v.
1. To make someone aware of the actual or potential harm, danger, or evil associated with something: I warned the kids about riding their bikes in the street.
2. To make aware in advance of some actual or potential harm, danger, or evil: The report warned about a possible attack.
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warn against

v.
To advise someone that something is dangerous or problematic and should be avoided: I warned them against driving without seatbelts. The doctor warns against smoking.
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warn away

v.
To notify someone to go or stay away: The guide warned the tourists away from the edge of the cliff. The sign warned away trespassers.
See also: away, warn

warn of

v.
To make someone aware in advance of some actual or potential harm, danger, or evil: The doctor warned them of the flu epidemic. The employees were warned of the company's impending bankruptcy.
See also: of, warn

warn off

v.
To notify someone to go or stay away: The sheriff warned them off the private property.
See also: off, warn
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I warn you that you will have defence of a sort - with a risk and at a price that passes all understanding.
I warn you that you will be home-bound - when fares and transport bills kill leisure and lock you up.
Almost twenty years after publication of the initial article defining FAS, a work that set in motion a huge research apparatus, supplied the momentum for a federal crusade to warn women against drinking during pregnancy, and furnished the evidence for forcing alcoholic beverage manufacturers to place warning labels on bottles, Jones and his colleagues found their expertise rejected along with their diagnosis.
As a result, alcoholic beverage manufacturers might have been advised that they could ben efit similarly from a federally imposed duty to warn.
Conlon, "Researcher Warns Against Heavy Drinking By Pregnant Women," UPI, 9 September 1981, LNOS.
Michael Goodwin, "Council Bill Warns on Drinking During Pregnancy, " New York Times, 16 November 1983, LNOS.
Brown characterized comment k as stating a principle of negligence because the manufacturer would be liable "only if it failed to warn of a defect of which it either knew or should have known.
Although Brown's reference to negligence has proved misleading to some, the court clearly was addressing a manufacturer's failure to use reasonable care in discovering a drug's danger, not the separate issue of a manufacturer's decision not to warn of a known or knowable danger.
Whereas a failure to warn claim based on negligence requires proof that
Anderson clarified that the actual or constructive knowledge requirement does not determine "the duty to warn or .
Existing California law, as established in Brown and Anderson, therefore compelled the conclusion in Carlin that a plaintiff could maintain a cause of action in strict liability for failure to warn of known or knowable pharmaceutical risks unless there was a valid policy reason for carving out an exception for drugs.
Justice Joyce Kennard voiced similar concerns in advocating a modified negligence standard for failure to warn of drug risks.
In a second scenario, a boy in a similar situation tells a friend who warns a teacher, helping to stop the confrontation before shots are fired.
Warns said he'd like to see insurers return some of that excess surplus by repurchasing stock or increasing dividends.
Distribution: Companies must develop multichannel distribution; those relying on one channel won't survive, Warns said.