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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

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

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

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.
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warn of

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.
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warn off

To notify someone to go or stay away: The sheriff warned them off the private property.
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For the Mishnah and some teachers following this Mishnah, the requirement to warn one's wife before witnesses of one's suspicion is a legitimate method of adding to this discouragement.
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.
Following the official announcement, the movement to warn rapidly assumed the elements of a crusade.
In lieu of passing laws against drinking and conceiving, state and local government leaders enlisted in the crusade to warn by promoting health education.
The crusade to warn succeeded in getting the message out to women that they ought not to drink while pregnant and that if they did, they might afflict their offspring with FAS.
Getting students to trust teachers and administrators with information about someone bringing a weapon or planning violence on campus is the central and controversial element of WARN, said Jay Shaffer, the history and government teacher who created the program in the weeks following Ensley's killing.
That's what we're trying to prevent,'' said Ivon Gamboa, the WARN club president.
Yet Gamboa and others in the WARN troupe are sure their efforts will help younger students turn away from violence as they get older.
Reacting to this latest information, CHP Commissioner Dwight 'Spike' Helmick commented, "I'm really disappointed that Cessna did not act in an upfront manner to warn us of this danger.
Third place prize went to another Texan who purchased a Holmes Bathroom Heater which warns, "This product is not to be used in bathrooms.
Operating in the K band, the transmitter warns drivers of roadway hazards, including nearby emergency vehicles.
The AmeriGuard system warns operators of obstacles behind their vehicles while backing.
Warns has been named United Way of Tri- State's new President and Chief Executive Officer, after his election by the Board of Governors yesterday afternoon.
Warns has served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President at The United Way Crusade of Mercy, the largest full-service United Way in the country functioning in partnership with the United Way of Suburban Chicago to raise more than $90.