\ 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

Examples of alarmed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the movie, Laundrie is shown speaking rudely to a male waiter and arguing with Petito, making a scene in front of a crowd of alarmed diners. Fox News, 1 Oct. 2022 The intensifying declines alarmed investors who entered the quarter enjoying a summer rally that more than halved the S&P 500’s 2022 losses before fizzling. Karen Langley, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2022 Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries, which seemed at first to welcome Freya, became alarmed as people got closer and closer to a very large wild animal. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2022 In 2020, Trump alarmed experts by peeling off his mask and walking into the White House just after being discharged from the hospital that treated him for COVID. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 21 July 2022 After hearing news reports about the mistreatment of the animals in Virginia, Robertson became alarmed over the disturbing conditions at the facility, which bred animals for product testing and research. Katie Mogg,, 5 Aug. 2022 The cello concerto begins with a dramatic A-minor chord in the orchestra, which seemingly startled an alarmed soloist. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 When Musk first let on in March that his AI director was going to recharge his batteries, the Tesla community immediately became alarmed. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 14 July 2022 People sitting at the nearby tables looked around, alarmed and confused. New York Times, 24 May 2022 See More

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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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5 Oct 2022

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“Alarmed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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