Definition of alarm in English:

alarm

Syllabification: a·larm
Pronunciation: /əˈlärm
 
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noun

  • 1An anxious awareness of danger: the boat tilted and the boatmen cried out in alarm he views the right-wing upsurge in Europe with alarm
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Occasionally we can see young men reacting to the declaration of pregnancy, always with alarm and fear.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 [in singular] A warning of danger: I hammered on several doors to raise the alarm Oliver smelled smoke and gave the alarm
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    • She managed to free herself and raise the alarm after a passing motorcyclist gave her a lift to the police station.
    • She eventually managed to stop a passing motorist in the early hours yesterday and raise the alarm.
    • He tried to use his phone to raise the alarm but was not able to get a signal so he hammered on the door of the house.
    Synonyms
    warning, alert, distress signal; siren, bell, horn, whistle, air horn
    archaic tocsin
  • 1.2A warning sound or device: they disabled the alarm and used a glass cutter to get in
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    • If the alarm is set off the light on the main panel will let you know which zone the intruder is in.
    • Thieves gained entry by disconnecting the security alarm and forcing their entry through the rear door.
    • For peace of mind, the properties come with wiring for a security alarm, and two inter-connected smoke detectors on the landing.
  • 1.3An alarm clock.
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    • It's a classic Swiss Army knife with lots of different blades and stuff, but it's updated with a digital clock, alarm, and stopwatch.
    • It even comes with an alarm, a clock, and the ability to store up to 10 of your favorite stations in each of the three frequencies.
    • For example, the Datalink comes with a chronograph, countdown timer, interval timer, multiple alarms and even a notepad.

verb

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  • 2 (be alarmed) Be fitted or protected with an alarm: this door is locked and alarmed between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
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    • The second point is very important because even if your car is locked and alarmed, it is still at risk if there are valuables on view.
    • The room where kit is stored is locked and alarmed at night, but during the day people have free access.
    • One is the home, now triple-bolted, alarmed and window-locked against intruders.

Origin

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

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