Verb alarm Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


alarm (third-person singular simple present alarms, present participle alarming, simple past and past participle alarmed)

  1. (transitive) To call to arms for defense
  2. (transitive) To give (someone) notice of approaching danger
  3. (transitive) To rouse to vigilance and action; to put on the alert.
  4. (transitive) To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear.
  5. (transitive) To keep in excitement; to disturb.

More definition:

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. 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, action, or other signal that functions to draw attention to a potential predator.

6.Fencing. an appeal or a challenge made by a step or stamp on the ground with the advancing foot.

7.Archaic. a call to arms. make fearful or apprehensive; distress. warn of danger; rouse to vigilance and swift measures for safety. fit or equip with an alarm or alarms, as for fire, smoke, or robbery, to alarm one's house and garage.

1. to fill with apprehension, anxiety, or fear

2. to warn about danger; alert

3. to fit or activate a burglar alarm on a house, car, etc noun

4. fear or terror aroused by awareness of danger; fright

5. apprehension or uneasiness, the idea of failing filled him with alarm

6. a noise, signal, etc, warning of danger

7. any device that transmits such a warning, a burglar alarm

8.the device in an alarm clock that triggers off the bell or buzzer short for alarm clock

9. (archaic) a call to arms

10. (fencing) a warning or challenge made by stamping the front foot Derived Formsalarming, adjectivealarmingly, adverb Word OriginC14, from Old French alarme, from Old Italian all'arme to arms; see arm²Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 14c., from Old French alarme (14c.), from Italian all'arme "to arms!" (literally "to the arms"). An interjection that came to be used as the word for the call or warning (cf. alert). Extended 16c. to "any sound to warn of danger or to arouse." Weakened sense of "apprehension, unease" is from 183

3. Variant alarum is due to the rolling -r- in the vocalized form. Sometimes in early years anglicized as all-arm. Alarm clock is attested from 1690s (as A Larum clock).
1580s, from alarm (n.). Related, Alarmed; alarming.
see, false alarm The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source


The alarm clock beside her bed indicated 2:00 am in large orange numbers.

She set the alarm and fluffed the pillows, but it did no good to close her eyes.

Betsy said, alarm in her voice.

A shiver of alarm went through her, but she gritted her teeth and pressed on, hoping to find her brother fast.

Just have worse odds, Jule said, trying not to let his own alarm show.

The alarm sounded the second Damian materialized into the compound.

Her instincts were at full alarm, but she didn't understand what she had to fear from Gabriel's death dealers.

"He was acting awful funny," Martha said, alarm showing on her face.

The alarm sounded in the back of her mind.

Deidre dropped her hand quickly from the knotted skin, alarm pulsing through her.

An awkward silence fell, and Rhyn knew what the immortal before him wasn't saying by the look of half-alarm, half-curiosity on his face.

Ully watched with alarm as the healer unwrapped the angel.s bandage.

She doubted anything would alarm this man if tricking a woman into wedding him and discovering the news of his sisters' impending children did not.

I kept thinking I could hear an alarm clock.

The procedures for accessing the keypads were strict: only those authorized to do so were allowed to, and then only when no one unauthorized was in the room and the door sealed with the alarm activated.

A tingle of alarm went through Rhyn, but his head was too heavy for him to process it.  Instead, he focused hard on containing the power within him.  When he felt he wouldn't explode, he looked around.  Darkyn had claimed Kris's library and stood near a pane of windows overlooking the snowy Alps.

Neither slept very well that night, and Dean was awake before the alarm, up fixing the morn­ing coffee.

He got his satchel from the buggy and, opening it, took out two deadly looking revolvers that made the children shrink back in alarm just to look at.

It is said that when hatched by a hen they will directly disperse on some alarm, and so are lost, for they never hear the mother's call which gathers them again.

A fat major skirted a bush, puffing and falling out of step; a soldier who had fallen behind, his face showing alarm at his defection, ran at a trot, panting to catch up with his company.

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