WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
warm /wɔrm/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -er, -est, v. 
    1. having or giving out moderate heat:a warm climate.
    2. having a sensation of bodily heat:to be warm from a fever.
    3. conserving warmth:warm clothes.
    4. suggestive of warmth, as by being friendly, affectionate, sympathetic, or hearty:a warm heart; warm friends.
    5. heated or angry:a warm debate.
    6. strong or fresh:a warm scent.
    7. Games close to something being searched for, as in a game:[be + ~]You're getting warmer.

    1. to (cause to) become warm: [+ object (+ up)]warmed himself (up) by the fire.[no object;  ~ + up]I just couldn't warm up.
    2. to heat or cook (something) so it can be used again, as leftovers: [+ up + object]Warm up the stew.[+ object + up]Warm the stew up.
    3. to (cause to) become excited, enthusiastic, cheerful, vital, etc.: [+ object]a little wine to warm the company.[ no obj;
      + to ]:She began to warm to the topic.
    4. to inspire with kindly feeling;
      affect with lively pleasure:[+ object]It warms my soul to hear you say that.
    5. to grow kindly or sympathetic to or toward:[+ to/toward + object]My heart warmed toward him.
    6. warm up, [no object]
      • Sportto prepare for strong exercise by performing mild or moderate exercise.
      • to increase in excitement, intensity, or violence:The arguments began to warm up.
      • to become friendlier or more receptive.
    warm•er, n. [countable]
    warm•ish, adj. 
    warm•ly, adv. 
    warm•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
warm  (wôrm),USA pronunciation adj.,  -er, -est, v., n. 
    1. having or giving out a moderate degree of heat, as perceived by the senses:a warm bath.
    2. of or at a moderately high temperature;
      characterized by comparatively high temperature:a warm oven;a warm climate;a warm summer.
    3. having a sensation of bodily heat:to be warm from fast walking.
    4. conserving or maintaining warmth or heat:warm clothes.
    5. (of colors) suggestive of warmth;
      inclining toward red or orange rather than toward green or blue.
    6. characterized by or showing lively feelings, passions, emotions, sympathies, etc.:a warm heart; warm interest.
    7. strongly attached;
      intimate:warm friends.
    8. cordial or hearty:a warm welcome.
    9. heated, irritated, or angry:to become warm when contradicted.
    10. animated, lively, brisk, or vigorous:a warm debate.
    11. strong or fresh:a warm scent.
    12. Gamesclose to something sought, as in a game.
    13. uncomfortable or unpleasant:His opponents made things so warm that he decided to quit.
    14. British Termswell off;
      in easy circumstances.

    1. to make warm;
      heat (often fol. by up):to warm one's hands; to warm up a room.
    2. to heat or cook (something) for reuse, as leftovers (usually fol. by over or up):to warm up yesterday's stew.
    3. to excite enthusiasm, ardor, cheerfulness, or vitality in (someone):The wine soon warmed the company.
    4. to inspire with kindly feeling;
      affect with lively pleasure:It warms my soul to hear you say that.
    5. to fill (a person, crowd, etc.) with strong feelings, as hatred, anger, or zeal:Restrictions had warmed the crew to the point of mutiny.

    1. to become warm or warmer (often fol. by up):The room will warm up when the fire gets going.
    2. to become ardent, enthusiastic, animated, etc. (often fol. by up or to):The speaker quickly warmed to her subject.
    3. to grow kindly, friendly, or sympathetically disposed (often fol. by to or toward):My heart warms toward him.
    4. Sportwarm down, to conclude or follow a period of strenuous physical exercise by walking or gentle stretching.
    5. Sportwarm the bench, to serve as a substitute who rarely plays in a game:The young outfielder warmed the bench for the Yankees last season.
    6. warm up: 
      • Show Businessto prepare for a game, sports contest, dance, etc., by moderate exercise or practice beforehand.
      • to increase in excitement, intensity, violence, etc.:The racial situation was warming up.
      • to become friendlier or more receptive:No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't warm up to that proposal.
      • Show Business[Radio and Television.]to entertain (an audience) prior to a broadcast to increase receptiveness.

    1. Informal Termsa warming:Sit by the fire and have a nice warm.
    warmer, n. 
    warmish, adj. 
    warmly, adv. 
    warmness, n. 
    • bef. 900; (adjective, adjectival) Middle English werm, warm, Old English wearm; cognate with German warm, Old Norse varmr; (verb, verbal) Middle English warmen, wermen, Old English werman, wirman (transitive), wearmian (intransitive), both akin to the adjective, adjectival; (noun, nominal) derivative of the verb, verbal
      • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lukewarm, tepid, heated.
      • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged hearty, enthusiastic, fervent, fervid, emotional, ardent.
      • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged friendly, close.
      • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fervent.
      • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged annoyed, vexed, irate, furious.
      • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged vehement.
      • 17.See corresponding entry in Unabridged animate, excite, waken, stir, rouse, arouse.
      • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged –3, 5, 8. cool.


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