Meaning of warm in English:


Pronunciation /wɔːm/

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  • 1Of or at a fairly or comfortably high temperature.

    ‘a warm September evening’
    • ‘I walked quickly to keep warm’
    • ‘The sun remained out for the entire day and it was fairly warm, reaching a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius.’
    • ‘The temperature is a warm, but comfortable; 25°C outside and there's not a cloud in the sky.’
    • ‘One of the paramedics told the other one to get a blanket for Justin so that his body temperature would stay fairly warm.’
    • ‘The area has the desirable combination of cool evening ocean breezes and good summer sun and warm temperatures.’
    • ‘The weather here is still very warm and very comfortable in the evenings.’
    • ‘With relatively little snow and temperatures which are warm enough, runners can avoid excessive indoor track training.’
    • ‘Mr Schroder said warm currents and high temperatures were causing the blooms, which may cause skin rashes and eye or ear infections.’
    • ‘The warm temperatures and surplus of talented winemakers makes this the most likely platform from which Viognier can launch.’
    • ‘Is somebody at the BBC's pictures desk suffering from over-heating due to the sudden unseasonably warm temperatures?’
    • ‘The season was still fairly warm, and he said he needed his kayak (which had been captured with him).’
    • ‘Families will love both its warm temperatures and warm personalities of the locals.’
    • ‘The warm sea temperatures have led to dozens of sightings of marine mammals off the Irish coast in recent weeks.’
    • ‘The temperature was warm enough to be outside, and there was no rain to deal with.’
    • ‘The kids in my neighborhood played Kick the Can on warm summer evenings and I did fairly well at that.’
    • ‘The rain was sweeping down from a steel-grey sky but the temperature was warm for the time of year.’
    • ‘Evening had set and the mid-July air was warm but comfortable.’
    • ‘The sun is shining brightly, the sky is it's own beautiful shade of blue and the day is fairly warm.’
    • ‘With a week of sunny days, warm temperatures and scattered rains, Nebraska's corn crop is catching up.’
    • ‘The brown wheat mite will be active in the fall and in the spring until temperatures are consistently warm in late April or May.’
    • ‘During our tests, the heatsink never got scalding hot, so this may not be a priority for some of you, but it does get fairly warm.’
    hot, warming
    balmy, summery, sultry, hot, mild, temperate, pleasant, agreeable
    heated, tepid, lukewarm
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    1. 1.1(of clothes or coverings) made of a material that helps the body to retain heat.
      ‘a warm winter coat’
      • ‘Other slaves ‘even learned to dye the wool so that we could have warm clothes in the winter’.’
      • ‘The dark blue sweater was still warm from Jim's body heat and felt good against the night's chill.’
      • ‘Kea stood behind Gin as she sorted through her clothes to find a warm jacket.’
      • ‘I have fed this guy on many occasions and also given him a warm jacket during winter.’
      • ‘My clothes are laid out before me as I contemplate the warm coat, my constant companion for the winter.’
      • ‘They also are being advised to carry warm clothes, food, water, boots, a torch and a spade.’
      • ‘Then I hoist myself out of the freezing tub, and the two women wrap me in a thick, warm robe with a hood.’
      • ‘The City petrol vehicle stands parked in one corner, the policemen over stacked with warm clothes play cards in the back seat of the vehicle.’
      • ‘Winter visits will require the addition of warm clothing, rain-proof jackets and an umbrella.’
      • ‘Some of the women had come to the meeting dressed for a social gathering, not in warm clothes, but we decided that was what we were going to do.’
      • ‘Jorenae slipped out of bed and padded across the floor to the fireplace, examining the warm clothes.’
      • ‘When chill in the air touches the bone, the body yearns to snuggle into warm clothing.’
      • ‘We knew what we needed: sleeping bags, warm clothes, a raincoat, food, and money.’
      • ‘He always wears warm clothes, sometimes a cape or an overcoat on top, a waistcoat underneath, perhaps a scarf draped over the shoulders, a felt hat.’
      • ‘Ben left the blankets on the back of the sofa while he followed Hoss upstairs to gather his own warm clothes from his bedroom.’
      • ‘I get up, pull on warm clothes, and make my way slowly back to my hummock.’
      • ‘But this time Reed told the guard to forget the gag and to give her warm clothes.’
      • ‘When they finished their movie on the sixth day and they all left Ella went in the bedroom to change into warm clothes.’
      • ‘He supplied her with food and warm clothes, but that was all he could give.’
      • ‘Hugging the warm clothes, Daphne sits on the bed, dazed at the turn of events.’
      thick, chunky, thermal, winter, woolly
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    2. 1.2(of a soil) quick to absorb heat or retaining heat.
      ‘Other species of bulbs are perfectly suited for the open, sunny habitat and dry, warm soil of rock gardens.’
      • ‘Mulching once the soil is warm is very useful in conserving soil moisture.’
      • ‘With my warm soil, the peas grew well, even under thick mulches of newspapers weighted down by horse bedding.’
      • ‘I like the nurturing aspect that tucking a seedling into warm soil brings.’
      • ‘Fota means ‘warm turf’ or warm soil, an appropriate name for a garden that basks in the mild Cork climate.’
      • ‘Now that soil is thoroughly warm, newly planted melon seedlings should thrive.’
      • ‘This is a great time to sow hardy annuals from seed while the soil is still warm.’
      • ‘Chaetomium strumarium is a fungus common in warm soil and on plant debris.’
      • ‘They'll germinate and plants will get established much faster in warm soils.’
      • ‘Marigolds are easy to grow from seed and sprout in a few days in warm soil.’
      • ‘The warm soil, full of weed seed ready to grow, responds to tillage quickly with a new flush of weeds.’
      • ‘Coliform bacteria is most likely to be found during periods of wet weather when the soil is warm.’
      • ‘The supply of nitrogen and sulfur from the soil will return to normal once the soil is warm.’
      • ‘This water is warmed by direct contact with the hose or the warm soil adjacent to the hose.’
      • ‘Sunlight passes through the plastic and heats the soil, which stays warm.’
  • 2Having or showing enthusiasm, affection, or kindness.

    ‘they exchanged warm, friendly smiles’
    • ‘a warm welcome’
    • ‘On behalf of himself and his family who received such a warm welcome, your kindness and generosity will be gratefully remembered.’
    • ‘They said they were overwhelmed by the warm welcome and kindness received from local people.’
    • ‘It is one of the most homely places in town where a warm welcome and friendly smile awaits all visitors.’
    • ‘All those who knew her and especially those many who gained so much from her tuition, warm friendship and generous kindness will miss her very much indeed.’
    • ‘Catherine was a lovely lady, kind natured and had a warm welcome for her friends.’
    • ‘A warm welcome with a pleasant smile awaited us as we entered the hotel room where she was put up with her cousin sis.’
    • ‘York played host to the tenth and final leg of Chapman's month-long UK tour, and an eager audience gave her a warm welcome and a fond farewell.’
    • ‘We thank sincerely the organisers and helpers for their very warm welcome and hospitality.’
    • ‘In fact, when people understand why refugees come here the welcome is generally warm and friendly.’
    • ‘We all gave them very warm, loud and enthusiastic Southern California welcome.’
    • ‘She had an innate sense of compassion which reached out to the wider community and her ready smile radiated a warm welcome which endeared her to so many.’
    • ‘They were nearly always together on social occasions and the warm smile and friendly handshake was part of every greeting.’
    • ‘You could always go back a few hours or the night afterwards and be welcomed back with warm smiles.’
    • ‘Despite a warm welcome from golfers, caddies were less enthusiastic.’
    • ‘A regular visitor to the station, the Mayor commended Julie for always greeting him with a warm welcome and a smile.’
    • ‘Successful tourism for this country should begin there with smiles and warm welcomes.’
    • ‘People are very friendly over here and they honour their guests with a warm welcome.’
    • ‘There was a warm and hearty welcome for all visitors to the Timothy family home and Mrs. Timothy always ensured that the kettle was on the boil.’
    • ‘Jane admits to feeling much relieved by his presence, his warm voice and affection, next to her bed.’
    • ‘But it sure was a far cry from the civility and warm kindness he showed me during that other party.’
    friendly, comradely, affable, amiable, genial, cordial, kindly, kind, pleasant, sympathetic, affectionate, warm-hearted, good-natured, loving, tender, fond
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    1. 2.1 archaic Characterized by lively or heated disagreement.
      • ‘a warm debate arose’
    2. 2.2 archaic Sexually explicit or titillating.
      • ‘if there is anything a little too warm in the play, it can easily be left out’
  • 3(of a colour) containing red, yellow, or orange tones.

    ‘her fair colouring suited soft, warm shades’
    • ‘The walls, adjustable lighting and curtains are all in warm colour tones to ease anxiety.’
    • ‘There are also a range of hybrids in warm yellow and orange tones.’
    • ‘In the midst of winter, nature provides us with warm colours of orange and reds to give the impression of warmth.’
    • ‘I've chosen a warm beige/brown colour, the name escapes me, but it had Kenya in the title and I thought that quite apt.’
    • ‘The dark wood is complemented by the walls, which are part-papered in warm beige tones.’
    • ‘In West Arcade, colours will be warm hues of grey, from blue-grey and green-grey, to red.’
    • ‘Dramatic floral prints in rose or orange blossom add a splash of warm colour to whites and neutrals.’
    • ‘It retains many of its original features, has been well maintained over the years and is decorated in warm colours throughout.’
    • ‘The family appears middle-class, living in attractive apartments, where the colours are warm and the flowers opulent.’
    • ‘The narrow entrance hall leads to a larger reception hall decorated in warm colours, with light coming from a glass and pine door.’
    • ‘What with all the multi-shades of warm colours of a mop of hair, and funky dressing with an apron shoved on top.’
    • ‘With its attractive decor, warm colour schemes and super location, this is likely to appeal to young families.’
    • ‘The warm colour of the wood gave the room a sensual feel, but neither really realized.’
    • ‘This tine the flame stayed, but instead of warm orange, yellow or red it was black.’
    • ‘In Indian summers, when the weather is still good enough to sit out, it's great to have some pots on your patio full of plants with rich, warm colours.’
    • ‘Following a weekend down the islands, her face got two shades darker, making the warm beige foundation of no use to her.’
    • ‘The warm colours and textures are homely and comfortable - just walking around the shop feels good.’
    • ‘The blues have a warm tint to them now, due to the gentle lighting of the room.’
    • ‘Colours are powdered pastels, warm naturals, primary colours and unusual accents.’
    • ‘The bedroom was decorated in warm hues, and was designed to cheer a person up.’
  • 4(of a scent or trail) fresh; strong.

    ‘Try orange or clove to get a rich, warm scent and lavender for a light, fresh, spring-like aroma.’
    • ‘I smell the warm aroma of delicious fresh dung seeping through the heap.’
    • ‘The flavour varies according to species or cultivar, but is generally of a sharp and bittersweet taste with a strong and warm aroma.’
    • ‘Lucas like the ocean, pear scented ocean, warm and strong to take him away.’
    • ‘From the kitchen came other warm scents from the foods that were being prepared.’
    • ‘Without the aid of vision, when a plate arrives, the first sensation is smell, but you also feel the warm aroma tickling your nose.’
    • ‘He felt its warm aroma fill his nostrils, and he turned his head away.’
    • ‘Walking into the kitchen, I could already smell the warm aroma of waffles and syrup.’
    • ‘It had warm aromas of prunes, cocoa and caramel, which brought out the flavors of the chocolate cake wonderfully.’
    • ‘Sighing deeply, Adam caught the long remembered scent of warm pine pitch and dust.’
    1. 4.1 informal predicative (especially in children's games) close to discovering something or guessing the correct answer.
      • ‘we're getting warmer, sir’
      close, near, about to make a discovery, on the brink of making a discovery
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  • 1Make or become warm.

    with object ‘I stamped my feet to warm them up’
    • ‘the film warmed our hearts’
    • ‘it's a bit chilly in here, but it'll soon warm up’
    • ‘As the oceans and ground warm up, they warm the air next to them, and this air warms the air a little higher up and so on.’
    • ‘But all that aside, I think this film warmed my heart more than anything I've seen in a long time.’
    • ‘As it stands, it's a flawed but still engaging film that should warm the hearts of more adventurous filmgoers.’
    • ‘It warms your heart more deeply than the standard holiday treacle, but this is, all the same, an intelligent, humane, funny and sorrowful Christmas treat.’
    • ‘The idea of Jesse warms my heart immensely and gives me some happiness when I otherwise would feel lonely and bitter.’
    • ‘And that fire warms the pages of fantasy literature so much that tress whisper and rivers weep.’
    • ‘Nothing warms my heart more than reading tales of people that are able to get results from our federal government.’
    • ‘The geyser works on solar heaters, which warms my planet-loving heart.’
    • ‘He is so innocent but so smart, he warms my heart every time I think of him and I will do my best to make sure all his dreams come true as will his parents.’
    • ‘Each school has its own special way of doing things on the night - the naturalness of those graduating warms the heart.’
    • ‘The sight is enough to warm the heart of any environmentalist.’
    • ‘After dealing with it for so long, I really grew to appreciate it, rather than hate it, even if it didn't always warm my heart.’
    • ‘Just don't let it warm your heart so much that you let your anger cool.’
    • ‘It can stir up strong emotions from the first notes heard, driving even the coldest of people to warm their hearts.’
    • ‘You know, everybody has just come together for me, and I cannot tell you how that warms my heart.’
    • ‘It's pretty predictable, but there is one phrase in the article that warms my heart.’
    • ‘Stella the happy talker, with a laugh that fills the room and warms the heart.’
    • ‘Above all, he was a decent person, and his human decency is the fire that warms his writing.’
    • ‘It warms your heart and makes you smile to think that there is hope that these two could become friends in addition to being brothers.’
    • ‘He warms not only the little girl's heart, but also all the millions who made this movie a classic.’
    heat, heat up, become warm, make warm, become hot, make hot, raise the temperature of, increase in temperature, thaw, thaw out, melt, take the chill off
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    1. 1.1British informal, dated with object Spank (someone's buttocks)
      • ‘I'll warm your bum if you don't come here this instant’


  • 1the warmA warm place or area.

    ‘stay in the warm, I've made up the fire for you’
    • ‘Apart from a quick dash in the morning to put the trash out by the gate and another this evening to grab beer from the fridge in the garage, we stayed home in the warm.’
    • ‘Harry and Dolly seemed perfectly happy to stay home in the warm.’
    • ‘All I really wanted to do was stay at home in the warm!’
    • ‘She took one pace forward into the gale and six paces back into the warm.’
    1. 1.1in singular An act of warming something or oneself.
      • ‘he had a cup of tea and a warm by the kitchen range’


    as warm as toast
    • Pleasantly warm.

      ‘The sun is beating down and it's warm as toast.’
      • ‘In a few minutes the inside of the car would be as warm as toast.’
      • ‘That night we slept like logs, warm as toast in our luxury tent in a campsite we'd found on the bank of the river Vedder.’
      • ‘These really aid not only in keeping you dry, but warm as toast as well.’
      • ‘These boots will give a good grip on wet decks and worn with woollen thermal or neoprene socks will keep your feet as warm as toast.’
      • ‘But they sort of ran the place, secretaries or organisers or whatever they were, and we kids loved them, really loved them and they were as warm as toast.’
      • ‘He's seen strange things, like shadows that dance in the corner of his eye, and felt cold spots in homes that should be as warm as toast.’
    keep something warm for someone
    • Hold or occupy a place or post until another person is ready to do so.

Phrasal Verbs

    warm down
    • Recover from strenuous physical exertion by doing gentle stretches and exercises.

      ‘warm down for twenty to twenty-five minutes’
      • ‘Basically adequate warm up, warm down, stretching, correct training, good diet and when possible, correcting bio mechanical problems are the best buffers against injuries.’
      • ‘You can warm down physically by walking around or doing lighter (using less energy) exercises.’
      • ‘An adequate warm up, the selection of safe exercises and movement patterns, regular monitoring of body alignment and exercise intensity, and an appropriate warm down are important.’
      • ‘I thought it was a better way to warm down than to run on my own.’
      • ‘He finished the challenge with a 25-length warm down.’
      • ‘The Knights are booked in for a post-match swim tonight to help them warm down, then they will have a light training session on Sunday morning ahead of Monday's game.’
      • ‘‘It was nice to beat Michael, even though he was only warming down after his freestyle race,’ Parry said.’
      • ‘Everyone was warming down and slowly disappearing into the change rooms.’
      • ‘That fourth goal earned Walsall a point at home to Stoke last Saturday and after the game Brian Beard spoke to Paul as he was warming down.’
      • ‘To warm down you have to wait until you loose the pump of your last exercise.’
    warm to
    • 1warm to someoneBegin to like someone.

      ‘Ali immediately warmed to him’
      • ‘They break down in the desert, begin to warm to each other and then realise that they might not hate each other after all.’
      • ‘It took a couple of days, but they are beginning to warm to us being around.’
      • ‘He can be an important player for this club and the fans are now beginning to warm to him.’
      • ‘As the most avid fan of the books, America applied her newly learned Pants philosophies and immediately warmed to Blake.’
      • ‘Linda had been cautious around the men at first, though she hadn't snubbed them, but lately she was beginning to warm up to their attentions.’
      • ‘As Kathryn begins to warm up to Kevin, Max and Jinx become friends.’
      • ‘Ron even began to warm up to him after Landon started taking orders from the staff and buying everyone's drinks for them.’
      • ‘He is an avid player and if you are an intelligent, inquisitive student, he will warm to you immediately.’
      • ‘Murali and Madhi warmed to each other immediately and the horoscopes matched well.’
      • ‘Bea had a most generous nature to which people warmed to immediately and her kindness and good deeds were legendary.’
      1. 1.1warm to somethingBecome more interested in or enthusiastic about something.
        ‘she was warming to her theme’
        • ‘Jowell warms to her theme: by simply treating voters as consumers, ‘we will miss the opportunity to build a better kind of society’.’
        • ‘She warms to her theme of the idiosyncrasies of the Loach method.’
        • ‘Though Nora is at first reluctant about going away for the holidays, she soon warms to the idea.’
        • ‘He survived building that railroad,’ said the old chap, resting on a nearby grave and warming to his theme.’
        • ‘Year 6 Pupils from the six main feeder pupils to Our Lady and St John RC High School, Blackburn, are at present warming to the idea of their secondary school lives ahead.’
        • ‘One very important consequence of this was that many people included in the still emerging state, and who might have been warming to the idea of nation, were alienated from it.’
        • ‘He said increasing numbers of companies were warming to the idea, and 9.9 was keen to work on similar projects, whether at home or abroad, in the future.’
        • ‘Auckland University remains firmly opposed, although it is understood that some universities are warming to the idea.’
        • ‘The Minister for Communications, Senator Alston, initially warmed to the idea, but denies that it's because the Government has changed its strategy on splitting up the telco.’
        • ‘Mr Brown's priority is public services and the Treasury has not warmed to the idea of British membership over the past four years; it appears to be even more wary now than it was in 1997.’
    warm up
    • 1Prepare for physical exertion or a performance by exercising or practising gently beforehand.

      ‘the band were warming up’
      • ‘Next, students practice warming up exercises in unison.’
      • ‘It is important that you warm up gently before you start any exercises and do not strain at all.’
      • ‘Be sure to warm up and stretch before exercising.’
      • ‘During practice or to warm up before a game, turn this team sport into a one-on-one competition.’
      • ‘The classes start with a short aerobic exercise to warm up the body before a 20 minute session on the poles.’
      • ‘There's tones in the song, if you engage in it as a singer, and reach that place as a singer in the falsetto, and it's just a beautiful exercise to warm up your larynx.’
      • ‘The jogging was intended to provide an easy warm up activity that also prepared the muscles for stretching.’
      • ‘The following exercises are for stretching and warming up the muscles before shooting and for stretching and cooling down the muscles after shooting.’
      • ‘The Horsforth Old Brass Band entertained the crowd who were warmed up before the turning on ceremony by radio presenters Jon Hammond and Steve Warren.’
      • ‘The day was run by two teachers, Rodney and Brian, and we began in the morning with physical and vocal warm up.’
      1. 1.1(of an engine or electrical appliance) reach a temperature high enough to allow it to operate efficiently.
        ‘the television took a while to warm up’
        • ‘By this time the truck's engine has warmed up enough to allow a shift up into second gear, then third and finally fourth - or top gear.’
        • ‘This allows the engine to warm up faster, cutting exhaust emissions, and reduces fuel consumption by about 3 percent because it is not geared to the engine.’
        • ‘Check that the tyre pressures are correct, the brakes are in good working order and that the engine warms up as quickly as possible.’
        • ‘Ken set the mixtures to auto lean and warmed up the engines at 1000 rpm.’
        • ‘Instead of waiting for the car to warm up, it is better to drive the vehicle in low gear till the engine warms up.’
        • ‘The car may not start well and works rather sluggishly until the engine warms up.’
        • ‘A swirl control valve that increases the air/fuel mixture when the engine is warming up improves combustion.’
        • ‘In a minute I'm in my car with the doors locked and the engine warming up.’
        • ‘Although now I can hear the noise of the snowploughs working away and some aircraft warming up their engines.’
        • ‘A spokesman for AA Roadwatch advised motorists to take extra care in the arctic conditions and to allow more time to warm up their vehicles in the morning.’
      2. 1.2Become livelier or more animated.
        • ‘after several more rounds, things began to warm up in the bar’
    • 2warm something up, warm up somethingReheat previously cooked food.

      ‘can you warm the soup up for me?’
      • ‘Add the remaining chickpeas, and warm the soup over medium heat.’
      • ‘Make the sponge by warming the milk over low heat in a small saucepan until it's tepid.’
      • ‘In a small saucepan, warm the oil over low heat.’
      • ‘For the Arctic char confit: In a saucepan, warm the oil over low heat.’
      • ‘Then warm the jam over low heat in a small nonstick saucepan or skillet, stirring occasionally, until smooth.’
      • ‘In a small pan, warm the black beans over low heat.’
      • ‘In a large skillet or sauté pan, warm the olive oil over high heat, almost to the smoking point.’
      • ‘To make it yourself, crush a garlic clove in a few tablespoons of olive oil and gently warm it over the stove for 30 minutes.’
    • 3warm someone or something up, warm up someone or somethingEntertain an audience so as to make them more receptive to the main act.

      • ‘on stage, Miles was warming up the crowd’


Old English wearm (adjective), werman, wearmian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German warm, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin formus ‘warm’ and Greek thermos ‘hot’.