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Alarm - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Alarm' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Alarm [ n.]
- A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy.
- Any sound or information intended to give notice of approaching danger; a warning sound to arouse attention; a warning of danger.
- A sudden attack; disturbance; broil.
- Sudden surprise with fear or terror excited by apprehension of danger; in the military use, commonly, sudden apprehension of being attacked by surprise.
- A mechanical contrivance for awaking persons from sleep, or rousing their attention; an alarum.
2 . Alarm [ v. t.]
- To call to arms for defense; to give notice to (any one) of approaching danger; to rouse to vigilance and action; to put on the alert.
- To keep in excitement; to disturb.
- To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear.

Meaning of 'Alarm' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . alarm [ v]
Meaning (1):
- fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised
Example in sentence:
  • I was horrified at the thought of being late for my interview;
  • The news of the executions horrified us
Meaning (2):
- warn or arouse to a sense of danger or call to a state of preparedness
Example in sentence:
  • The empty house alarmed him;
  • We alerted the new neighbors to the high rate of burglaries