warning collocations

warning collocations


issue warning

Doctors have issued a warning against eating shellfish from the polluted beaches.

ignore warning

Many people continue to ignore warnings about the danger of sunbathing. They think it’ll never happen to them.

give warning

They can’t complain. They were given adequate warning that the factory was in danger of closing.

shout warning

He shouted a warning as the piece of wood started to fall towards me.

heed warning

They failed to heed the warning about the dangerous currents in the river. Both of them drowned.

serve as warning

After passing sentence, the judge said that the punishment would serve as a warning to all politicians who thought they were above the law.

health warning

All cigarette packets must carry a government health warning.

final warning

The referee gave the player a final warning. Next time, he would be sent off.

advance warning

I can prepare the food for the party. Just give me advance warning of how many people to expect.

dire warning

Environmentalists are always issuing dire warnings to us about global warning.

written warning

By law, employers have to give you a written warning before they can dismiss you.

clear warning

Paragliding can be dangerous, so all participants get a clear warning of the risks involved.

stern warning

The judge sent the driver to prison and issued a stern warning about drinking and driving.

prior warning

The whole class agrees that we should be given prior warning of a test. It’s not fair just to spring it on us without any warning.


The soldiers opened fire without warning.

Just a word of warning – there are speed cameras about 5 miles outside Bideford.

That’s what happens when you work too hard. Let it be a warning to you!

Thanks. I would have crashed into the car in front, but for your warning.



  • Note the following:

The warning sign said ‘Caution – Danger of Ice’.

The police fired warning shots above the heads of the crowd, but the protesters took no notice.

  • Note the following:

I was stopped by the police for speeding, but I was let off with a warning.

  • If you ‘heed’ a warning, you pay attention to it:

The company consistently failed to heed warnings about the safety of its equipment.

  • An ‘early warning system’ is a defence system that warns of imminent attack.
  • Nowadays we get warnings about the dangers of smoking / speeding / eating too much etc.
  • Note the expression – as a warning to:

The prisoners were publicly flogged as a warning to others not to try to escape.

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