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alarm

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noun \ə-ˈlärm\

Simple Definition of alarm

  • : a device that makes a loud sound as a warning or signal

  • : a feeling of fear caused by a sudden sense of danger

  • : a warning of danger

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of alarm

  1. 1 usually alarum archaic :  a call to arms <the angry trumpet sounds alarum — Shakespeare>

  2. 2 :  a signal (as a loud noise or flashing light) that warns or alerts; also :  a device that signals <set the alarm to wake me at seven>

  3. 3 :  sudden sharp apprehension and fear resulting from the perception of imminent danger

  4. 4 :  a warning notice

Examples of alarm in a sentence

  1. The alarm went off when he opened the door.

  2. The whole town heard the alarm.

  3. She set the alarm for six o'clock.

  4. The alarm went off at six o'clock.

  5. The rumors caused widespread alarm and concern.

  6. His parents have expressed alarm about his safety.

  7. The new developments are being viewed with alarm.

  8. She looked around in alarm when she heard the noise.

  9. The dog's barking gave the alarm and the intruders were caught.

  10. A passerby saw the intruders and raised the alarm.



Variants of alarm

also alarum play \ə-ˈlär-əm also -ˈler-; -ˈla-rəm\

Origin of alarm

Middle English alarme, alarom, from Middle French alarme, from Old Italian all'arme, literally, to the arms


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of alarm

fear, dread, fright, alarm, panic, terror, trepidation mean painful agitation in the presence or anticipation of danger. fear is the most general term and implies anxiety and usually loss of courage <fear of the unknown>. dread usually adds the idea of intense reluctance to face or meet a person or situation and suggests aversion as well as anxiety <faced the meeting with dread>. fright implies the shock of sudden, startling fear <fright at being awakened suddenly>. alarm suggests a sudden and intense awareness of immediate danger <view the situation with alarm>. panic implies unreasoning and overmastering fear causing hysterical activity <the news caused widespread panic>. terror implies the most extreme degree of fear <immobilized with terror>. trepidation adds to dread the implications of timidity, trembling, and hesitation <raised the subject with trepidation>.

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alarm

verb

Simple Definition of alarm

  • : to cause (someone) to feel a sense of danger : to worry or frighten (someone)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of alarm

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike with fear

  3. 2 :  disturb, excite

  4. 3 :  to give warning to

  5. 4 :  to equip with an alarm

alarminglyplay \-ˈlär-miŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of alarm in a sentence

  1. I didn't mean to alarm you.

  2. The rapid spread of the disease has alarmed many people.



1586

First Known Use of alarm

1586

Variants of alarm

also alarum


ALARM Defined for Kids

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alarm

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noun \ə-ˈlärm\

Definition of alarm for Students

  1. 1 :  a warning of danger <The dog's barking gave the alarm.>

  2. 2 :  a device (as a bell) that warns or signals people <a car alarm>

  3. 3 :  alarm clock <Set the alarm for six o'clock.>

  4. 4 :  the feeling of fear caused by a sudden sense of danger <She was filled with alarm on hearing the crash downstairs.>




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alarm

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verb

Definition of alarm for Students

alarmedalarming

  1. :  to cause to feel a sense of danger :  worry or frighten <Their strange behavior alarmed us.>





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