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cau·tion  audio  (kôshn) KEY 

NOUN:
    1. Careful forethought to avoid danger or harm.
    2. Close attention or vigilance to minimize risk: The car proceeded over the rickety bridge with caution.
  1. Prudence or restraint in action or decision: advised caution in choosing a school.
  2. A warning or admonishment, especially to take heed: I received a caution from the doctor about fat in my diet.
  3. A cautious action; a precaution: The climbers took the necessary cautions in preparing for the ascent.
  4. Informal One that is striking or alarming.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
cau·tioned, cau·tion·ing, cau·tions
To advise to take heed; warn or admonish.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English caucioun, from Old French caution, from Latin cauti, cautin-, from cautus, past participle of cavre, to take care


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