Alarm - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈlɑːrm|  American pronunciation of the word alarm
Brit.  |əˈlɑːm|  British pronunciation of the word alarm


- fear resulting from the awareness of danger (syn: consternation, dismay)
- a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event
- an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger (syn: alarum, alert)
- a clock that wakes a sleeper at some preset time


- fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised (syn: appal, appall, dismay, horrify)
- warn or arouse to a sense of danger or call to a state of preparedness(syn: alert)


The alarm went off when he opened the door.

The whole town heard the alarm.

She set the alarm for six o'clock.

The alarm went off at six o'clock.

The rumors caused widespread alarm and concern.

His parents have expressed alarm about his safety.

The new developments are being viewed with alarm.

She looked around in alarm when she heard the noise.

The dog's barking gave the alarm and the intruders were caught.

A passerby saw the intruders and raised the alarm.

I didn't mean to alarm you.

The rapid spread of the disease has alarmed many people.

The incident caused great alarm.

These events alarmed him into submission.

You alarm me with that long prologue.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: alarm
he/she/it: alarms
present participle: alarming
past tense: alarmed
past participle: alarmed
singular: alarm
plural: alarms
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