\ ə-ˈlärmd How to pronounce alarmed (audio) \

Definition of alarmed

1 : feeling a sense of danger : urgently worried, concerned, or frightened I was alarmed to see how sick she looked. And what followed was not a miracle but a … model of how tough government, cooperative businessmen and a very alarmed public can make a dirty world clean again.— William Oscar Johnson
2 : equipped with an alarm an alarmed door Most exits were locked and alarmed, and employees had to show ID badges when they entered lab buildings.— Jennifer Nagorka

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Examples of alarmed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the top Democrat on the Health Committee, sounded alarmed, telling Redfield to speed up the work. Noah Weiland,, "Fauci says US could reach 100,000 virus cases a day," 1 July 2020 Investors have become alarmed about the precariousness of the recovery as a second lockdown becomes a worrisome summer possibility. TheWeek, "Can the economy avoid a double dip?," 20 June 2020 Leadership is critical, however, which is why behavioral scientists were so alarmed by the recent examples of Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump refusing to wear masks during public appearances. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "Masks Reveal New Social Norms: What a Difference a Plague Makes," 14 May 2020 Sounding both alarmed and deeply frustrated, the governor said that he was baffled that the federal government had not done more. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "Coronavirus in N.Y.: ‘Astronomical’ Surge Leads to Quarantine Warning," 24 Mar. 2020 Another troll alarmed grocery store customers after deciding to go about their shopping wearing a KKK hood. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Colorado Police Searching For Man Who Wore KKK Hood To Grocery Store," 15 May 2020 Isolation hasn’t kept them from Twitter, though, where VCs have been variously quite alarmed or counterintuitively calm. Eric Newcomer,, "Venture Capital Adapts to the Virus Lockdown," 13 May 2020 Clearly, however, most of the American public and most of the stock market were not alarmed enough to dump most of their investment portfolios, as Burr did. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Other Senators Don’t Have Richard Burr’s Insider-Trading Problem," 9 Apr. 2020 Under normal circumstances such a text message would receive some concerned responses — maybe even this alarmed Supernatural gif. Ariana Romero,, "Social Distancing Has Turned Me Back Into A Tween," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of alarmed

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alarmed

from past participle of alarm entry 2

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13 Jul 2020

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“Alarmed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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