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cau·tion

 (kô′shən)
n.
1.
a. Careful forethought to avoid danger or harm.
b. Close attention or vigilance to minimize risk: The car proceeded over the rickety bridge with caution.
2. Prudence or restraint in action or decision: advised caution in choosing a school.
3. A warning or admonishment, especially to take heed: I received a caution from the doctor about fat in my diet.
4. A cautious action; a precaution: The climbers took the necessary cautions in preparing for the ascent.
5. Informal One that is striking or alarming.
v. cau·tioned, cau·tion·ing, cau·tions
v.tr.
To warn or admonish: cautioned him not to go swimming alone; cautioned that the findings were not conclusive.
v.intr.
To give a warning or admonishment: cautioned against overeating.

[Middle English caucioun, from Old French caution, from Latin cautiō, cautiōn-, from cautus, past participle of cavēre, to take care.]

caution

(ˈkɔːʃən)
n
1. care, forethought, or prudence, esp in the face of danger; wariness
2. something intended or serving as a warning; admonition
3. (Law) law chiefly Brit a formal warning given to a person suspected or accused of an offence that his or her words will be taken down and may be used in evidence
4. (Law) a notice entered on the register of title to land that prevents a proprietor from disposing of his or her land without a notice to the person who entered the caution
5. informal an amusing or surprising person or thing: she's a real caution.
vb
6. (tr) to urge or warn (a person) to be careful
7. (Law) (tr) law chiefly Brit to give a caution to (a person)
8. (intr) to warn, urge, or advise: he cautioned against optimism.
[C13: from Old French, from Latin cautiō, from cavēre to beware]
ˈcautioner n

cau•tion

(ˈkɔ ʃən)

n.
1. alertness and prudence in a hazardous situation; care: Proceed with caution.
2. a warning against danger or evil; anything serving as a warning.
3. a person or thing that astonishes or causes mild apprehension: often used humorously.
v.t.
4. to advise or urge to take heed.
v.i.
5. to give a warning: to caution against overoptimism.
[1250–1300; < Latin cautiō taking precautions]
cau′tion•er, n.
syn: See warn.

Caution

 

See Also: BEHAVIOR

  1. Cagey as a feral cat —John Yount
  2. Careful as a cat walking on eggshells —American colloquialism, attributed to New England
  3. Carries it [a plant] as if it’s made of Steuben glass —Ann Beattie
  4. Carry … like a hot tureen —Eudora Welty
  5. Caution flowed over the [telephone] wire like a wave —Robert M. Coates
  6. Caution, like that of a wild beast that is fierce but feeble or like that of an insect whose little fragment of earth has given way, and made it pause in a palsy of distrust —George Eliot
  7. Cautious as a burglar walking over a tin roof in cowhide boots —Wallace Irwin
  8. Cautious as a good housekeeper —Honore de Balzac
  9. Cautious as a tightrope walker with a severe itch —Anon

    This is yet another perversion of the popular “Busy as a one-armed paperhanger” comparison.

    See Also: BUSYNESS

  10. Cautious as his gray suit —John Dancy, NBC-TV, about Robert Gates at CIA confirmation hearings, April, 1987
  11. Cautiously, like a man handling sixteenth-century lace —Roald Dahl
  12. Choosy as a stud in a harem —Mike Sommer
  13. Discreet … as if you’re trying to tail yourself —William Mcllvanney
  14. Going as if he trod upon eggs —Robert Burton
  15. Like a weight-watcher at the feast of San Gennaro, I just nibbled a bit —Lenoard M. Heine, Jr., commenting on his cautious stock purchases when others were investing freely, quoted Wall Street Journal column by Vartanig G. Vartan, January 19, 1987
  16. Peeped out carefully like a mole from its hole —Derek Walcott
  17. Picked up the pieces as carefully as if they were cuttings from the Koh-i-noor —Israel Zangwill
  18. Picking his words like a man making his way through a minefield —Donald Seaman
  19. Progressed like a man tracing and following a chalk line —Frank Swinnerton
  20. A prudent man is like a pin; his head prevents him from going too far —Anon
  21. Should be used with discretion, like cayenne pepper —Anon
  22. So wary that he sleeps like a hare, with his eyes open —Thomas Fuller
  23. Timid as hares —Anton Chekhov
  24. To take all you want is never as good as to stop when you should —Lao Tzu
  25. (We must) treat him like Dresden china —Nikolai V. Gogol
  26. Wary as a blind horse —Thomas Fuller
  27. Wary as a pickpocket’s confidence that the policeman on the beat will stay bought —H. L. Mencken

    This is slightly changed from Mencken’s original words which identified the pickpocket as an American.

  28. Watched what he said as carefully as if he were in court —John Updike

caution


Past participle: cautioned
Gerund: cautioning

Imperative
caution
caution
Present
I caution
you caution
he/she/it cautions
we caution
you caution
they caution
Preterite
I cautioned
you cautioned
he/she/it cautioned
we cautioned
you cautioned
they cautioned
Present Continuous
I am cautioning
you are cautioning
he/she/it is cautioning
we are cautioning
you are cautioning
they are cautioning
Present Perfect
I have cautioned
you have cautioned
he/she/it has cautioned
we have cautioned
you have cautioned
they have cautioned
Past Continuous
I was cautioning
you were cautioning
he/she/it was cautioning
we were cautioning
you were cautioning
they were cautioning
Past Perfect
I had cautioned
you had cautioned
he/she/it had cautioned
we had cautioned
you had cautioned
they had cautioned
Future
I will caution
you will caution
he/she/it will caution
we will caution
you will caution
they will caution
Future Perfect
I will have cautioned
you will have cautioned
he/she/it will have cautioned
we will have cautioned
you will have cautioned
they will have cautioned
Future Continuous
I will be cautioning
you will be cautioning
he/she/it will be cautioning
we will be cautioning
you will be cautioning
they will be cautioning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cautioning
you have been cautioning
he/she/it has been cautioning
we have been cautioning
you have been cautioning
they have been cautioning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cautioning
you will have been cautioning
he/she/it will have been cautioning
we will have been cautioning
you will have been cautioning
they will have been cautioning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cautioning
you had been cautioning
he/she/it had been cautioning
we had been cautioning
you had been cautioning
they had been cautioning
Conditional
I would caution
you would caution
he/she/it would caution
we would caution
you would caution
they would caution
Past Conditional
I would have cautioned
you would have cautioned
he/she/it would have cautioned
we would have cautioned
you would have cautioned
they would have cautioned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caution - the trait of being cautiouscaution - the trait of being cautious; being attentive to possible danger; "a man of caution"
attentiveness - the trait of being observant and paying attention
incaution, incautiousness - the trait of forgetting or ignoring possible danger
2.caution - a warning against certain acts; "a caveat against unfair practices"
warning - a message informing of danger; "a warning that still more bombs could explode"
3.caution - judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger; "he exercised caution in opening the door"; "he handled the vase with care"
judiciousness - good judgment
4.caution - the trait of being circumspect and prudent
precaution - the trait of practicing caution in advance
chariness, wariness - the trait of being cautious and watchful
discernment, discretion - the trait of judging wisely and objectively; "a man of discernment"
Verb1.caution - warn stronglycaution - warn strongly; put on guard    
warn - notify of danger, potential harm, or risk; "The director warned him that he might be fired"; "The doctor warned me about the dangers of smoking"

caution

noun
2. reprimand, warning, injunction, admonition The others got off with a caution but I was fined.
verb
1. warn, urge, advise, alert, tip off, forewarn, put you on your guard Banks caution young couples against opening joint bank accounts. reprimand, warn, admonish, give an injunction to The two men were cautioned but the police say they will not be charged.
Proverbs
"You should know a man seven years before you stir his fire"
"Once bitten, twice shy"

caution

noun
1. Careful forethought to avoid harm or risk:
3. The exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters:
4. Advice to beware, as of a person or thing:
verb
To notify (someone) of imminent danger or risk:
Translations
احْتِراسٌ، حَذَرٌتَحْذيرٌحَذَريُحَذِّرُ
opatrnostvarovánívarovatvýstraha
forsigtighedadvareadvarsel
varovaisuushuolellisuushuomioneuvoneuvoa
oprez
figyelmeztetfigyelmeztetésóvóvadékóvás
áminnaáminninggætni, varfærni
注意
조심
įspėjantisįspėjimaspamokomas
brīdinājumsbrīdināt
pozorprevidnost
försiktighet
การตักเตือน
sự thận trọng

caution

[ˈkɔːʃən]
A. N
1. (= care) → cautela f, prudencia f
"caution!" (Aut) → ¡cuidado!, ¡precaución!
proceed with cautionactúe con precaución
to throw caution to the windsabandonar la prudencia
2. (= warning) → advertencia f, aviso m (Brit) (Police) → amonestación f
3. he's a caution (o.f.) (= amusing) → es un tío divertidísimo; (= odd) → es un tío muy raro
B. VT to caution sb (Brit) (Police) → amonestar a algn
to caution sb against doing sthadvertir a algn que no haga algo

caution

[ˈkɔːʃən]
n
(= care) → prudence f
to throw caution to the wind → oublier toute prudence
(= warning) (from the police, the authorities)avertissement m
vt
[police] mettre en garde un suspect, au moment de son arrestation, que tout ce qu'il dira pourra être retenu contre lui

caution

n
(= circumspection)Vorsicht f, → Umsicht f, → Bedacht m; “caution!”„Vorsicht!“; to act with cautionumsichtig or mit Bedacht vorgehen, Vorsicht walten lassen
(= warning)Warnung f; (official) → Verwarnung f
(inf) to be a real cautionzum Piepen sein (inf)
vt to caution somebodyjdn warnen (→ against vor +dat); (officially) → jdn verwarnen; to caution somebody against doing somethingjdn davor warnen, etw zu tun

caution

[ˈkɔːʃn]
1. n (care) → attenzione f, prudenza; (warning) → avvertimento, ammonizione f; (from police) → diffida
2. vt to caution sb (subj, official) → ammonire qn; (policeman) → diffidare qn
to caution sb against doing sth → diffidare qn dal fare qc

caution

(ˈkoːʃən) noun
1. carefulness (because of possible danger etc). Exercise caution when crossing this road.
2. in law, a warning. The policeman gave him a caution for speeding.
verb
to give a warning to. He was cautioned for drunken driving.
ˈcautionary adjective
ˈcautious adjective
having or showing caution; careful. She used to trust everyone but she's more cautious now; a cautious driver.
ˈcautiously adverb

caution

حَذَر opatrnost forsigtighed Vorsicht σύνεση cautela varovaisuus prudence oprez cautela 注意 조심 voorzichtigheid varsomhet ostrożność cautela осторожность försiktighet การตักเตือน önlem sự thận trọng 小心

caution

n. advertencia, precaución, cautela.
References in classic literature ?
said Jessie to her sister, with a cautioning glance towards Dick.
When the dancing recommenced, however, and Darcy approached to claim her hand, Charlotte could not help cautioning her in a whisper, not to be a simpleton, and allow her fancy for Wickham to make her appear unpleasant in the eyes of a man ten times his consequence.
Hollister attended them to the door in person, cautioning her guests as to the safest manner of leaving her premises
Sherlock Holmes stopped at a door some little distance from the Carlton, and, cautioning me not to speak, he led the way into the hall.
When we had reached a point some ten feet from the secret doorway I halted my companion, and cautioning him to remain absolutely motionless until I gave the prearranged signal I quickly turned my back to the door through which I could almost feel the burning and baleful eyes of our would be executioner.
Cautioning the German to utter silence with a gesture the two approached the stream quietly.
Cautioning Nobs to silence, and he had learned many lessons in the value of obedience since we had entered Caspak, I slunk forward, taking advantage of whatever cover I could find, until from behind a bush I could distinctly see the creatures assembled by the fire.