\ 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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The president’s comments alarmed immigrant communities across the county, where one in four residents is foreign-born. San Diego Union-Tribune, "With ICE raids expected this weekend, local police reiterate they don’t enforce immigration laws," 22 June 2019 Even so, in 1990, according to previously secret depositions, Trump tried to have his father’s will rewritten in a way that Fred Trump, alarmed and angered, feared could result in his empire’s being used to bail out his son’s failing businesses. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 Some concerned citizens, alarmed that this problem is widespread and that children with meal debt may go hungry during the school day, are paying off student lunch debt. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "How states and crowdfunding are tackling the growing problem of student lunch debt," 27 Dec. 2018 According to Yale University’s Program on Climate Change Communication, polling shows that people are growing increasingly alarmed about climate change. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "4 Things That Might Be Easier Than Getting Donald Trump’s Tax Returns," 15 Apr. 2019 Image Two years ago, an explosion rocked Central Park and alarmed New York City during a three-day Fourth of July weekend. New York Times, "A Photo of a Bag, and a Fresh Push for Clues in Central Park Blast," 4 July 2018 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,, "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

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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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