\ 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 In spring in Alaska, many alarmed people call the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to report that there are grizzly bear droppings in their yards. Popular Science, "Eleven animals you can identify by their poop," 23 Jan. 2020 Akia’s family became alarmed when the 21-year-old failed to show up to her own baby shower on May 3. NBC News, "Six years of Dateline's Missing in America: 134 still missing," 5 Dec. 2019 In recent months, the president's wife and daughter, who had become increasingly alarmed about youth vaping, were pressing him to take action. Author: Josh Dawsey, Laurie Mcginley, Anchorage Daily News, "Fearing backlash, Trump pulls back from ban on e-cigarette flavors," 19 Nov. 2019 There wasn’t much to smile about after Monday’s massive sell-off on Wall Street — the worst drop of 2019 — as investors become increasingly alarmed about fraying US-China trade relations. Thomas Heath,, "Wall Street just chalked up its worst day of 2019," 5 Aug. 2019 In spring in Alaska, many alarmed people call the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to report that there are grizzly bear droppings in their yards. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "11 Kinds of Animal Poop Hunters Should Know," 13 Jan. 2020 Those around the bed, who couldn’t see the apparitions, were usually not alarmed or even particularly surprised by these visitors. John Crowley, Harper's magazine, "Works of Mercy," 10 Apr. 2019 Not initially alarmed, that all changed when William came running into the living room, pushing his younger sister to the ground in case there was more gunfire. Carol Robinson |, al, "Teen pleads guilty to 2018 killing of beloved Woodlawn football captain," 4 Nov. 2019 They are extended when the caterpillar gets alarmed (as in your photo!) and then deflate when things are calm. oregonlive, "Don’t remember what type of raspberry you planted 20 years ago? Ask an expert," 5 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of alarmed was in 1702

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18 Feb 2020

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“Alarmed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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