: 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
: 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

Examples of alarmed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But several leading lawmakers, including House Speaker Mike Johnson, cautioned against being overly alarmed. Matthew Lee, arkansasonline.com, 15 Feb. 2024 That is, aside from a few alarmed members of my family. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 The alarmed reaction from members of the right tends to be that public schools and colleges aren’t teaching, that Americans aren’t learning, that Americans aren’t being required to learn, or some combination of all three. John Tamny, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 The more his left fingertips probed, the more alarmed his expression became. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 5 Feb. 2024 The Middle East’s arc of conflict is spiraling Other commentators are less alarmed. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2024 In the days after Mr. Navalny’s disappearance, his allies grew more alarmed as letters sent to him went undelivered and the authorities declined to reveal his location to his lawyers. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2023 Some Balfour residents probably should have been in a dedicated dementia facility, where doors are alarmed and often locked, former employees said. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2023 The international community has grown alarmed as thousands of innocent civilians caught up in the conflict have been killed with airstrikes and other operations as part of the Israeli ground incursion. Jared Malsin, WSJ, 6 Nov. 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'alarmed.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


from past participle of alarm entry 2

First Known Use

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of alarmed was in 1702

Dictionary Entries Near alarmed

Cite this Entry

“Alarmed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alarmed. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on alarmed

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!