red alert


Definition of red alert

: the final stage of alert in which enemy attack appears imminent broadly : a state of alert brought on by impending danger

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Examples of red alert in a Sentence

The troops have been put on red alert. the paparazzi were on red alert for sightings of the hot new Hollywood couple
Recent Examples on the Web Besides Cuyahoga, the other counties placed under the red alert are Butler, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery and Trumbull. cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine ordering that masks be worn in 7 counties hit the hardest by coronavirus," 7 July 2020 Seven counties were placed in the red alert category because of high concerns - Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery and Trumbull. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Masks for teachers part of Ohio school re-opening plan: Capitol Letter," 3 July 2020 South Korea was last on red alert in 2009, during the H1N1 virus outbreak that resulted in 250 deaths in the country. Jihye Lee,, "South Korea Signals Unprecedented Steps to Contain Outbreak," 8 May 2020 In recent years red alerts have come almost monthly—sometimes weekly—and all three of Trump’s predecessors have dedicated significant personal time and public attention to the pandemic threat. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "An Oral History of the Pandemic Warnings Trump Ignored," 17 Apr. 2020 The department has issued a red alert, the highest possible level, as well as several strong wind warning for all coastal areas of Vanuatu. Ivana Kottasová And Brandon Miller, CNN, "Giant storm hits Vanuatu amid coronavirus state of emergency," 6 Apr. 2020 Because a novel coronavirus has spread throughout China and jumped to four other countries, the world is on red alert. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "WHO says no need—yet—to declare spread of novel virus is an international emergency," 23 Jan. 2020 Typhoon Mangkhut's path of destruction continued in southern China on Sunday, where authorities earlier began issued a red alert to prepare for potential disasters. Fox News, "Dozens feared trapped in Philippines as Typhoon Mangkhut pummels southern China," 16 Sep. 2018 Not a day goes by where the Portuguese international's name isn't mentioned, with his future dominating the headlines for a number of weeks after a stunning campaign for the Leões put European heavyweights on red alert this summer., "Liverpool Ready to Offer Sporting CP Player-Plus-Cash for Bruno Fernandes After Meeting Agent," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of red alert

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red alert was in 1941

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30 Jul 2020

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“Red alert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of red alert

: a warning that there is great danger

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