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verb [transitive] caution pronunciation in British English /ˈkɔːʃ(ə)n/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecautioning
past tensecautioned
past participlecautioned
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  1. 1
    formal to tell someone about a danger or problem that they need to know about or avoid. In ordinary speech, it is more usual to say that you warn someone
    caution that:

    Researchers cautioned that the drug is only partly effective.

    caution (someone) against something:

    The judge cautioned them against taking the law into their own hands.

  2. 2
    British when the police caution someone they are arresting, they warn them officially that anything they say may be used as evidence against them
    1. a.
      when the police caution someone who has broken the law, they warn them officially that they will be punished if they do it again


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