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 Still, Antetokounmpo failed to put the Suns on red alert. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 July 2021 Also, 55 counties remain on red alert for concern over coronavirus spreading, down 11 counties from last week on the state’s alert system. Marc Bona, cleveland, 27 Mar. 2021 The Level 3 red alert counties include Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Portage and Summit in Greater Cleveland, while Geauga and Medina are listed at a step lower for concern at Level 2 orange. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 14 May 2021 State officials recommend residents of red alert areas return to an earlier pandemic mindset — only leaving the house when necessary — and recently allowed for towns to return to Phase 2 of reopening. Leeanne Griffin,, 20 Oct. 2020 Not so red: Fewer than half of Ohio’s counties (38 of 88) are now on red alert for coronavirus, the first time this has happened in months. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 7 May 2021 In no time, he's tracked down Sweet Spy Baby Agnes, whose multiple handlers Liz has already notified to be on red alert. Jodi Walker,, 22 May 2021 Four weeks ago, there were 45 counties on red alert. cleveland, 20 May 2021 Though Ohio’s coronavirus case rate has been dropping and DeWine has announced that his health orders will end in early June, 27 Ohio counties remain on red alert for concern over spread of COVID-19, according to the state’s weekly update Thursday. cleveland, 14 May 2021

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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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19 Jul 2021

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“Red alert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of red alert

: a warning that there is great danger


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