Meaning of ALARM in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ əlɑ:(r)m ]

( alarms, alarming, alarmed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


Alarm is a feeling of fear or anxiety that something unpleasant or dangerous might happen.

The news was greeted with alarm by MPs...

N-UNCOUNT : oft with/in N , N over/about n


If something alarms you, it makes you afraid or anxious that something unpleasant or dangerous might happen.

We could not see what had alarmed him.

= frighten

VERB : V n


An alarm is an automatic device that warns you of danger, for example by ringing a bell.

He heard the alarm go off.



An alarm is the same as an alarm clock .



see also alarming , alarmed , burglar alarm , car alarm , false alarm , fire alarm , smoke alarm


If you say that something sets alarm bells ringing, you mean that it makes people feel worried or concerned about something.

PHRASE : N inflects


If you raise the alarm or sound the alarm , you warn people of danger.

His family raised the alarm when he had not come home by 9pm.

PHRASE : V inflects

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