Adjective "alarm" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


An anxious awareness of danger.
  1. 'some experts view the plan with alarm'
  2. 'Their cries became stained with alarm and horror at the departing children.'
  3. 'Beth Rodden calls out in alarm from the other portaledge.'
  4. 'Leanne's nervous system halted as she listened in alarm.'
  5. 'This week we all start operating in the energy field of the Crab, who skitters sideways in alarm when approached directly.'
  6. '‘Naturally, any criminal incident is greeted with alarm by members of the business community,’ he said.'
  7. 'Seeing the approaching danger, Christian cried out in alarm, and loosed his grip on his short sword.'
  8. 'Ken looked above him in alarm and watched in shock as dirt, stones, support beams, all toppled on top of Ken, completely burying him alive.'
  9. 'She turned around in alarm, fearing he had taken off and was really going to follow through with his joke of leaving her by herself.'
  10. 'The duke meanwhile enjoyed the vision she made, eyes wild and blue with alarm, lips slightly open in complete shock.'
  11. 'But some health policy experts view the plan with alarm.'
  12. 'Oliver smelled smoke and gave the alarm'
  13. 'The two-year-old Labrador can open doors, turn on lights, pick up dropped items and raise the alarm if something is wrong with Luke.'
  14. 'She eventually managed to stop a passing motorist in the early hours yesterday and raise the alarm.'
  15. 'After walking almost three miles, Reeve telephoned to raise the alarm and 10 members of Torridon Mountain Rescue team were called out.'
  16. 'Mr Rushton contacted his wife to raise the alarm.'
  17. 'THE LIFE of a Freehold youngster was saved by a revolutionary new system designed to raise the alarm when swimmers get into difficulties.'
  18. 'She managed to free herself and raise the alarm after a passing motorcyclist gave her a lift to the police station.'
  19. 'Mr Wynn, an 18-year-old archaeology student at the University of York, managed to escape and raise the alarm.'
  20. 'The teenager's friend ran to nearby houses to raise the alarm.'
  21. 'He gave the alarm and Miss Minnie Moore, housekeeper of the hotel, ran from room to room - sometimes in dense smoke - to rouse other occupants.'
  22. 'The Guards strove to advance still closer to their quarry, but a crackling stick gave the alarm and some six or seven men around the still sped off across the bog in two groups.'
  23. 'His apparent failure to notice that the pressure system was still on manual reportedly resulted in a warning alarm being sounded at 10,000 ft.'
  24. 'Shoppers were forced to evacuate into the pouring rain on Monday afternoon when the alarms sounded.'
  25. 'This alarm will sound whenever a door is opened, and is designed to alert parents to small children who may have entered the pool area unnoticed.'
  26. 'Noise in the environment makes it difficult to hear alarms or easily determine where the alarm is located.'
  27. 'No alarm was sounded at the hospital to indicate any emergency.'
  28. 'The two things that struck him most during his first visit here were the sound of dogs barking at night and the sound of car alarms.'
  29. '"From now on I shall not be keeping any cash here overnight and I am getting alarms installed."'
  30. 'His father was asleep upstairs, but he heard the alarm and rushed down to rescue his son.'
  31. 'Constantly sounding alarms can be a serous nuisance to neighbours.'
  32. 'We discussed all types of alarms and safety devices for the elderly.'
  33. 'I set my alarm for 6:30'
  34. 'It's like a Hospital-you can hear the pipes in the walls humming, the air circulating; everyone has switched their alarms off because it's Saturday.'
  35. 'The alarm can also play any sound you choose and includes a handy snooze button.'
  36. 'We have begun selling a line of bedside alarms.'
  37. 'It's like a silent alarm ringing on a carefully coded genetic clock.'
  38. 'There's nothing quite like the shock of the alarm going off in the morning.'
  39. 'Or rather, I watch my watch, because I can't find a clock anywhere in the room, not even for an alarm.'
  40. 'Each alarm can have multiple schedules.'
  41. 'Though the call wasn’t mine it managed to work well and I found it impossible to go back to sleep until minutes before my own alarm went off.'
  42. 'For example, the Datalink comes with a chronograph, countdown timer, interval timer, multiple alarms and even a notepad.'
  43. 'I usually have a mental alarm and don't need a clock to wake up.'


Make (someone) feel frightened, disturbed, or in danger.
  1. 'For example, if you oppose executions, the number of people on death row recently cleared by DNA evidence probably alarms you.'
  2. 'Clearly the content of this speech was chilling, but what alarms me more is the cold robotic way he delivered it.'
  3. 'As a generalist, this alarms me somewhat.'
  4. 'I know this happens much more frequently and intensely in winter but it still alarms me how many days I feel deflated right now.'
  5. 'Notice it alarms her - but not enough to stop her sticking these women on her covers.'
  6. 'A man accused of practising martial arts in a town centre told a court he did not mean to frighten or alarm anyone.'
  7. '[(d)] rowdy behaviour in the streets late at night which alarms local residents.'
  8. 'If it alarms you to have to listen to an engineer, let me reassure you.'
  9. 'The thing that really alarms me about all this is the utter brazenness with which the loot is being divvied up now.'
  10. 'It is this positive change at the grassroots level of American society which amazes, and somewhat alarms the followers of other religions there.'
Be fitted or protected with an alarm.
  1. 'The room where kit is stored is locked and alarmed at night, but during the day people have free access.'
  2. 'After all if your house is alarmed and another house just up the road isn't then your house is a lot less likely to get targeted.'
  3. 'Is the building alarmed?'

More definitions

1. a sudden fear or distressing suspense caused by an awareness of danger; apprehension; fright.

2. any sound, outcry, or information intended to warn of approaching danger: Paul Revere raced through the countryside raising the alarm that the British were coming.

3. an automatic device that serves to call attention, to rouse from sleep, or to warn of fire, smoke, an intruder, etc.

4. a warning sound; signal for attention.

5. Animal Behavior. any sound, outcry, chemical discharge, ac

More examples(as adjective)

"monarchies can be alarm."

"systems can be alarm."

"states can be alarm."

"places can be alarm."

"people can be alarm."

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Late Middle English (as an exclamation meaning ‘to arms!’): from Old French alarme, from Italian allarme, from all' arme! ‘to arms!’.