Definition of Alarm in English :

Define Alarm in English

Alarm meaning in English

Meaning of Alarm in English

Pronunciation of Alarm in English

Alarm pronunciation in English

Pronounce Alarm in English


see synonyms of alarm


1. alarm, consternation, dismay

fear resulting from the awareness of danger

2. alarm, alarm system, warning device

a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event

3. alarm, alarum, alert, warning signal

an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger

4. alarm, alarm clock

a clock that wakes a sleeper at some preset time


5. alarm, appal, appall, dismay, horrify

fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised

Example Sentences:
'I was horrified at the thought of being late for my interview'
'The news of the executions horrified us'

6. alarm, alert

warn or arouse to a sense of danger or call to a state of preparedness

Example Sentences:
'The empty house alarmed him'
'We alerted the new neighbors to the high rate of burglaries'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of alarm
verb (transitive)
to fill with apprehension, anxiety, or fear
to warn about danger; alert
to fit or activate a burglar alarm on a house, car, etc
fear or terror aroused by awareness of danger; fright
apprehension or uneasiness
the idea of failing filled him with alarm
a noise, signal, etc, warning of danger
any device that transmits such a warning
a burglar alarm
the device in an alarm clock that triggers off the bell or buzzer
b.  short for alarm clock
9. archaic
a call to arms
10. fencing
a warning or challenge made by stamping the front foot

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see synonyms of alarm
1.  Archaic
a sudden call to arms
a signal, sound, cry, etc. that is a warning of danger
a mechanism designed to warn of danger or trespassing
a burglar alarm
the bell, buzzer, etc. of an alarm clock
fear caused by the sudden realization of danger
verb transitive
to warn of approaching danger
to make suddenly afraid or anxious; frighten

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of alarm
1. Sudden fear or concern caused by the realization of danger or an impending setback. See Synonyms at fear.
2. A warning of existing or approaching danger: The committee's report issued an alarm about the dangerous condition of the town's buildings.
3. A device that is used to warn of danger by means of a sound or signal: a fire alarm.
4. The sounding mechanism of an alarm clock: The alarm went off at 6:30.
5. A call to arms.
tr.v. a·larmed, a·larm·ing, a·larms
1. To fill with alarm or anxious concern. See Synonyms at frighten.
2. To give warning to: "The soldiers ... killed every dog within three miles to prevent a bark that would alarm the enemy" (William Least Heat-Moon).
3. To equip with or protect by an alarm: The dormitory doors are alarmed from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM.

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