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to be wary, cautious, or careful of (usually used imperatively):
Beware such inconsistency. Beware his waspish wit.
to be cautious or careful:
Beware of the dog.
Contemporary Examples

“beware” by Big Sean is awash in technicolor static, colorful sceneries overlaid over Big Sean.
Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO) Victoria Kezra August 24, 2013

Corrupt dictators and thieving bureaucrats of the world, beware.
Africa’s WikiLeaks Philip Shenon August 11, 2010

However maddening this may be, we should beware of going the other way and making everything too plain.
Will Jargon Be the Death of the English Language? The Telegraph March 29, 2014

It will not take the Iraqis anywhere near as long as it took us, because there are examples for them to emulate, or to beware of.
Iraq’s Political Miracle Tunku Varadarajan March 2, 2010

Just beware of being too hard on poor, less-efficient souls.
What the Stars Hold for Your Week Starsky + Cox July 7, 2011

Historical Examples

No; I prefer the rain and the thunder to the whispers that steal to my ear in the dark from one of whom I have reason to beware.
A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

But women must beware of sham emotion and lachrymose sentimentality.
The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley

But beware of supposing that we can take for our guide our desire of happiness, and ourselves calculate its conditions.
The Heavenly Father Ernest Naville

beware of forming wrong conceptions of what must take place.
The Ministry of Intercession Andrew Murray

“beware of ambition, M. Olivier,” said Ernestine, smiling in her turn.
Pride Eugne Sue

(usually used in the imperative or infinitive) often foll by of. to be cautious or wary (of); be on one’s guard (against)

c.1200, probably from a conflation of be ware (though the compound bewarian “defend” existed in Old English). See wary.


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