WARE, pret. of wear, obs. It is now written wore.
WARE, a. [Sax. war; Dan. vær. It belongs to the root of ward. We never use ware by itself. But we use it in aware, beware, and in wary. It was formerly in use.]
- Being in expectation of; provided against. 2 Tim. iv.
- Wary; cautious. – Milton.
WARE, n. [plur. Wares. Sax. ware; D. waar; G. waare; Sw. vara; Dan. vare.]
Goods; commodities; merchandise; usually in the plural; but we say, China ware, earthen-ware, potters' ware. It was formerly used in the singular, and may be so used still.
Let the dark shop commend the ware. – Cleaveland.
Sea ware, a marine plant, a species of Fucus. – Lee.
WARE, v. [pret. of Wear. Obs. It is now written Wore.]
To take heed of.
Then ware a rising tempest on the main. [Obs.] – Dryden.
[We now use beware as a single word, though in fact it is not.]
WARE, v.t. [pret. Wore. This is evidently from the root of veer. See Veer.]
To cause a ship to change her course from one board to the other, by turning her stern to the wind; opposed to tacking, in which the head is turned to the wind; as, to ware a ship. We wore ship and stood to the southward.
- To wear, or
veer. See Wear.
- Articles of merchandise; the sum of articles of
a particular kind or class; style or class of manufactures; especially, in
the plural, goods; commodities; merchandise.
- A ware; taking
notice; hence, wary; cautious; on one's guard. See Beware.
state of being ware or aware; heed.
- To make
ware; to warn; to take heed of; to beware of; to guard against.