intelligent stresses success in coping with new situations and solving problems.
an intelligent person could assemble it fast
clever implies native ability or aptness and sometimes suggests a lack of more substantial qualities.
clever with words
alert stresses quickness in perceiving and understanding.
alert to new technology
quick-witted implies promptness in finding answers in debate or in devising expedients in moments of danger or challenge.
no match for his quick-witted opponent
Examples of alert in a Sentence
An alert guard stopped the robbers.
He was tired and had trouble staying alert while he was driving.
She wasn't mentally alert enough to answer the questions.
An alert watchdog guarded the door. Noun
They sounded an alert when enemy planes were approaching the city.
Medical officials have put out an alert to hospitals to look out for the virus.
The government has issued a terrorism alert. Verb
Several neighbors alerted the authorities when they noticed strangers acting suspiciously.
The governor alerted island residents that a hurricane was coming.
The teacher alerted the students that tests would be given the next day. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
None of them challenge that convention, yet Wilson is alert to the ambivalence in their stoicism.—Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 The company says their alert system– from AI detection to the dispatch of law enforcement – takes less than 30 seconds.—Lauren Lantry, ABC News, 7 Sep. 2023 Expect delay and be alert for debris from other vehicles on the highway at higher speeds.—Christina Maxouris, CNN, 5 Sep. 2023 Nuun Sport + Caffeine Nuun Sport + Caffeine is the perfect electrolyte powder for runners who are looking to boost their energy levels and stay alert during workouts.—Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 And therein may lie perhaps the biggest difference between Hilary and the other two tropical storms that most recently hit Southern California: the National Weather Service had recently bolstered its operations and alert systems for this exact situation.—Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2023 In the wake of a flash flood, be alert to any information about water contamination, as things like sewage and chemical waste can be present in floodwaters and affect drinking water systems.—Sarah Raza, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2023 The victims were alert and breathing when they were taken to a hospital.—David Aaro, ajc, 10 Sep. 2023 Texas residents may be asked to conserve again during the eclipse, and the novelty of the event could help overcome grid alert fatigue amid a summer of near-record heat for the state.—Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2023
Be the first to know about the biggest and best luxury home sales and listings by signing up for our Mansion Deals email alert.—Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 22 Sep. 2023 The neighboring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have been on high alert, and no new cases have been reported there, though these states have less vigilant health surveillance systems compared to Kerala.
Efficient, Lucky—or Both?—WIRED, 22 Sep. 2023 My colleagues over at Fortune Crypto have been following this whole debacle rather closely (so much so that one of our crypto reporters, Ben Weiss, even built a Slack bot that automatically spits out alerts every time a new document is filed in Bankman-Fried’s criminal case file).—Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2023 Give your iPhone inbound ringtone, notifications and alert sounds a makeover immediately.—Kurt Knutsson, Fox News, 20 Sep. 2023 Commands are accompanied with visual feedback from the Dynamic Island bar — home to alerts and notifications at the top of the screen.—Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 19 Sep. 2023 Officials then received alerts that Sanchez and Rice’s ankle monitors had been tampered with.—City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 The alert would not be the first in California to address a specific group.—Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2023 Should your driver need you, the device has buttons to send a manual alert to communicate in an emergency or send a primitive text.—Cheryl Fenton, Parents, 14 Sep. 2023
Manson must also alert police to any concerts planned for New Hampshire for the next two years and complete his community service by Sunday, February 4, 2024.—Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork, 19 Sep. 2023 Strong antivirus software actively running on your devices will alert you of any malware in your system, warn you against clicking on any malicious links in phishing emails, and ultimately protect you from being hacked.—Kurt Knutsson, Fox News, 19 Sep. 2023 Activists at times alerted conservative media outlets to their leads, generating headlines about new investigations.—Sharon Lafraniere, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 Narcotics investigators arrested Jorge Alas-Avila, 31, on Southwest Broadway and Jefferson Street after a drug-sniffing dog alerted a plainclothes officer to the presence of fentanyl in his Mercedes, according to court records.—oregonlive, 15 Sep. 2023 Five-year-old A.J. Freund’s life could have been saved if child welfare workers had alerted other specialists about his case, two former county prosecutors and a doctor testified Thursday.—Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2023 Officers outside the pub were not aware of the fights inside, the department said in a statement, and no one on the scene requested medical assistance for any injuries or alerted the police.—Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 Then, late Monday, a motorist alerted police to a man matching Mr. Cavalcante’s description crouching in the darkness along a line of trees near a road in northern Chester County.—Maryclaire Dale, Marc Levy, and Michael Rubinkam, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Sep. 2023 The cut also alerted scientists to the fact that the eruption had disrupted the seafloor, which isn’t easy to spot.—Rahul Rao, Popular Science, 7 Sep. 2023 See More
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borrowed from French alerte, going back to Middle French a l'herte "on guard, on the watch," borrowed from Italian all'erta, originally in the collocation stare all'erta "to be on the watch," literally, "to be on the height" (with erta "height, hill, steep ascent," noun derivative from feminine of erto, past participle of ergere "to raise, elevate," going back to Vulgar Latin *ērgere, by syncope from Latin ērigere) — more at erect entry 1
The earliest citation for the word in the Oxford English Dictionary suggests direct borrowing from Italian, or at least recognition of an Italian source: "In this place the Prince [of Orange] finding his rutters [cavalry soldiers] alert, (as the Italians say) with aduise of his valiant brother, hee sent his Trumpets to D. d' Alua …." (Sir Roger Williams, The Actions of the Lowe Countries, London, 1618, p. 27).
noun derivative of alert entry 1 (or borrowed from French alerte, derivative of alerte, adjective)