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1. An item that is offered for sale.
2. An attribute or ability, especially when regarded as an article of commerce: "Mathewson had displayed impressive wares with his fastball, big overhand curve and baffling 'fadeaway' (today known as a screwball)" (Stuart Miller).
ware 2(wâr) Archaic
tr.v. wared, war·ing, wares
To beware of.
1. Watchful; wary.
n (often in combination)
1. (functioning as singular) articles of the same kind or material: glassware; silverware.
2. (Ceramics) porcelain or pottery of a specified type: agateware; jasper ware.
[Old English waru; related to Old Frisian were, Old Norse vara, Middle Dutch Ware]
another word for beware
[Old English wær; related to Old Saxon, Old High German giwar, Old Norse varr, Gothic war, Latin vereor. See aware, beware]
(Banking & Finance) (tr) dialect Northern English and Brit to spend or squander
[C15: of Scandinavian origin; related to Icelandic verja]
1. Usu., wares.
a. articles of merchandise or manufacture; goods.
b. any intangible items, as artistic skills or intellectual accomplishments, that are salable.
2. a specified kind of merchandise (usu. used in combination): silverware; glassware.
3. pottery, or a particular kind of pottery: delft ware.
4. Archaeol. a group of ceramic types classified according to paste and texture, surface modification, as burnish or glaze, and decorative motifs rather than shape and color.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English waru, c. Old Frisian, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch ware, Old Norse vara]
adj., v. Archaic. adj.
1. watchful, wary, or cautious.
2. aware; conscious.v.t.
3. to beware of (usu. used in the imperative).
[before 900; Middle English; Old English wær, c. Old Saxon war, Old High German giwar, Old Norse varr, Gothic wars]
v.t. wared, war•ing. Scot.
to spend; expend.
[1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse verja to spend, invest]
Past participle: wared
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|Noun||1.||ware - articles of the same kind or material; usually used in combination: `silverware', `software'|
article - one of a class of artifacts; "an article of clothing"
article of commerce - an article that is offered for sale
metalware - household articles made of metal (especially for use at table)
tableware - articles for use at the table (dishes and silverware and glassware)
woodenware - ware for domestic use made of wood
|2.||ware - commodities offered for sale; "good business depends on having good merchandise"; "that store offers a variety of products"|
cargo, consignment, freight, lading, shipment, payload, load, loading - goods carried by a large vehicle
contraband - goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law
feature - an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles
generic - any product that can be sold without a brand name
ironmongery - the merchandise that is sold in an ironmonger's shop
irregular, second - merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name
line of business, line of merchandise, line of products, product line, business line, line - a particular kind of product or merchandise; "a nice line of shoes"
mercantile establishment, outlet, retail store, sales outlet - a place of business for retailing goods
number - an item of merchandise offered for sale; "she preferred the black nylon number"; "this sweater is an all-wool number"
refill - a commercial product that refills a container with its appropriate contents; "he got a refill for his ball-point pen"; "he got a refill for his notebook"
release - merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film); "a new release from the London Symphony Orchestra"
software product, software package - merchandise consisting of a computer program that is offered for sale
inventory, stock - the merchandise that a shop has on hand; "they carried a vast inventory of hardware"; "they stopped selling in exact sizes in order to reduce inventory"
top of the line - the best (most expensive) in a given line of merchandise
|Verb||1.||ware - spend extravagantly; "waste not, want not"|
fool away, fritter, fritter away, frivol away, fool, dissipate, shoot - spend frivolously and unwisely; "Fritter away one's inheritance"
overspend - spend at a high rate