Meaning of caution

cau•tion

Pronunciation: (kô'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. alertness and prudence in a hazardous situation; care; wariness: Landslides ahead—proceed with caution.
  2. a warning against danger or evil; anything serving as a warning: By way of caution, he told me the difficulties I would face.
  3. a person or thing that astonishes or causes mild apprehension: She's a caution. The way he challenges your remarks is a caution.
—v.t.
  1. to give warning to; advise or urge to take heed.
—v.i.
  1. to warn or advise: The newspapers caution against overoptimism.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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