• (RP) IPA: /wɔːm/
  • (America) IPA: /wɔɹm/

warm (comparative warmer, superlative warmest)

  1. Having a temperature slightly higher than usual, but still pleasant; mildly hot.
    The tea is still warm.
    This is a very warm room.
    • Warm and still is the summer night.
  2. Caring and friendly, of relations to another person.
    We have a warm friendship.
  3. Having a color in the red-orange-yellow part of the visible electromagnetic spectrum.
  4. Close, often used in the context of a game in which "warm" and "cold" are used to indicate nearness to the goal.
    • Here, indeed, young Mr. Dowse was getting "warm", as children say at blindman's buff.
  5. Fresh, of a scent; still able to be traced.
  6. (figurative) Communicating a sense of comfort, ease, or pleasantness
    a warm piano sound
  7. (archaic) Ardent, zealous.
    a warm debate, with strong words exchanged
    • 1645, John Milton, “Song On May Morning”, in Poems of Mr. John Milton, […] , London: Printed by Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Moſely,  […], OCLC 606951673 ↗:
      Mirth, and youth, and warm desire!
    • 1717, Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard:
      Each warm wish springs mutual from the heart.
    • They say he's a warm man and does not care to be made mouths at.
    • I had been none of the warmest of partisans.
    • 1776, Edward Gibbon, The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter 1
      To the strength and fierceness of barbarians they added a contempt for life, which was derived from a warm persuasion of the immortality and transmigration of the soul.
  8. (archaic, colloquial) Well off as to property, or in good circumstances; rich.
    • warm householders, every one of them
    • You shall have a draft upon him, payable at sight: and let me tell you he as warm a man as any within five miles round him.
  9. (archaic) Requiring arduous effort.
    • 1929, The Listener (issues 41-50, page 552)
      The circular iron platform over there is used in the task of tyring the wheels, a warm job, too, by the way.
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warm (warms, present participle warming; past and past participle warmed)

  1. (transitive) To make or keep warm#Adjective|warm.
    • Bible, Isaiah xliv. 15
      Then shall it [an ash tree] be for a man to burn; for he will take thereof and warm himself.
    • enough to warm, but not enough to burn
  2. (intransitive) To become warm, to heat up.
    My socks are warming by the fire.
    The earth soon warms on a clear summer day.
  3. (intransitive) To favour increasingly.
    He is warming to the idea.
    Her classmates are gradually warming to her.
  4. (intransitive) To become ardent or animated.
    The speaker warms as he proceeds.
  5. (transitive) To make engaged or earnest; to interest; to engage; to excite ardor or zeal in; to enliven.
    • November 20, 1717, Alexander Pope, letter to the Bishop of Rochester
      there was a collection of all that had been written..: I warmed my head with them.
    • Bright hopes, that erst bosom warmed.
  6. (transitive, colloquial) To beat or spank.
    • 1945, The Atlantic (volume 176, page 94)
      Not bothering to turn around and not missing a mouthful, Myrtle comforted her with threats of "I'll warm your bottom"; "I'll turn you over to your dad"; "I'll lock you in the truck"; "I'll send for the bogey man" — all of which Darleen ignored […]
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  • Italian: accostarsi a, affezionarsi a

warm (plural warms)

  1. (colloquial) The act of warming, or the state of being warmed; a heating.
    Shall I give your coffee a warm in the microwave?

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