alarmed

adjective
\ 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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Borden said his group grew alarmed by reports of Newsom supporting caps on the number of charter schools in the state, which currently number 1,275 and serve about 630,000 students. Ryan Menezes, latimes.com, "A few rich charter school supporters are spending millions to elect Antonio Villaraigosa governor," 14 May 2018 The West has been alarmed with Russia's mounting influence in the Balkans, particularly among the Bosnian Serbs and in neighboring Serbia. Radul Radovanovic, Fox News, "Lavrov says Russia won't interfere in Bosnia Oct. 7 election," 21 Sep. 2018 An alarmed Washington has started wielding national security as a cudgel to counter the gambit. Charlie Cambell/beijing, Time, "Lei Jun Wants to Be China’s Answer to Steve Jobs. But Trump’s Trade War Is Getting In His Way," 12 July 2018 Ramos, 38, posted harassing social media messages that alarmed editors at the paper and led police to investigate, but fell short of leading authorities to pursue charges or Twitter to ban him. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Capital Gazette gunman constantly harassed journalists on Twitter. Why wasn't he stopped?," 29 June 2018 While some viewers—especially those who haven't given birth or been present for someone else's birth—may have been similarly concerned, no one in the room seemed overly alarmed by Kardashian’s oxygen mask, including the mom-to-be. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Khloé Kardashian Had to Wear an Oxygen Mask During Labor," 16 Nov. 2018 At first, air-traffic controllers didn’t seem alarmed when Richard Russell climbed into the cockpit of a small airliner here Friday evening, spooled up its twin turboprop engines and trundled from its parking spot near a cargo area. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Airplane Stunt Startles Onlookers, Ends Tragically," 12 Aug. 2018 Eighty-one-year-old economist Paolo Savona was the name initially tipped for economic ministry but Mattarella blocked the candidate because the appointment would have alarmed investors given his position against the euro. Lauren Said-moorhouse And Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "Meet the populist players about to take power in Italy," 1 June 2018 White House officials are alarmed by internal and external projections that suggest the global economic costs could surpass $100 billion, with the U.S. portion of that potentially rising to more than $10 billion. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "U.S. Seeks More Time for Ships to Switch to Cleaner Fuels," 18 Oct. 2018

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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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