Definition of 'alarm'
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That should set off alarm bells for a software products company. Computing (2010)What other burglar alarm could be so musical? Times, Sunday Times (2016)Not many alarm bells in terms of credit quality. Times, Sunday Times (2016)And no alarm clock in the morning. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The brakes are then applied and an emergency alarm goes off. The Sun (2016)Part of the tense city was sealed off but it was a false alarm. The Sun (2016)She knows the time and will set an alarm. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The frequency of attacks has prompted bank bosses to raise the alarm about cyber-security at board meetings. Times, Sunday Times (2016)So she thought her days of 4am alarm calls to get to set were over. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He was alarmed about the aircraft's emptying fuel tank. Times, Sunday Times (2017)She is the one who has raised the alarm about radicalisation in prison as well as online. Times, Sunday Times (2015)This is art with the presence of a burglar alarm. Times, Sunday Times (2014)What if it was a false alarm? Times, Sunday Times (2012)When are alarm bells going to ring? Times, Sunday Times (2012)The particular configuration of musicians was enough to set alarm bells ringing. Times, Sunday Times (2013)We are not going to alarm people until we fully understand what is going on. Times, Sunday Times (2006)She is alarmed by the warnings of cuts. Times, Sunday Times (2010)There were also reports of increasing calls to personal alarm services from elderly and vulnerable people. Times, Sunday Times (2015)No wonder voices are sounding an alarm that something has to give. Times, Sunday Times (2014)There is one particularly gaping plot hole that jars the narrative like a persistent car alarm. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Yet the news has alarmed the charity world. Times, Sunday Times (2011)His arrival was more alarming than he feared. TOLKIEN AND THE GREAT WAR: The Threshold of Middle-earth (2003)This experience was extremely alarming for the family. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Was it just an exercise or a false alarm? TUNNEL VISIONS: Journeys of an Underground Philosopher (2001)Those would be good reasons to ring alarm bells on their own. The Sun (2007)He set off an alarm so waited for cops. The Sun (2008)The night on which this curious machine was first brought into use was one of great anxiety and alarm. Consuming Passions: Leisure and Pleasure in Victorian Britain (2006)But the programme throws up alarming questions about the risks of going beyond evolution and improving on human ability. Times, Sunday Times (2013)You'll pay less if you fit your car with an approved alarm and tracking device. Times, Sunday Times (2014)I thought an alarm clock might prove useful. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The little one will go out to many incidents, like small fires or where an automatic alarm has been triggered. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Gradually, the anxiety became alarm. Christianity Today (2000)
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Translations for 'alarm'
British English: alarm /əˈlɑːm/ NOUN
fear Alarm is a feeling of fear or anxiety that something unpleasant or dangerous might happen.
The news was greeted with alarm by MPs.
- American English: alarm
- Arabic: رُعْب
- Brazilian Portuguese: alerta
- Chinese: 警报
- Croatian: uzbuna
- Czech: znepokojení
- Danish: alarm
- Dutch: alarm
- European Spanish: alarma
- Finnish: pelästys
- French: alarme
- German: Beunruhigung
- Greek: πανικός
- Italian: allarme
- Japanese: 恐怖
- Korean: 공포
- Norwegian: engstelse
- Polish: obawa
- European Portuguese: alarme
- Romanian: alarmă
- Russian: тревога
- Spanish: alarma
- Swedish: oro
- Thai: สัญญาณเตือนภัย
- Turkish: alarm
- Ukrainian: тривога
- Vietnamese: sự hoảng hốt
British English: alarm VERB
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.
British English: alarm NOUN
device An alarm is an automatic device that warns you of danger, for example, by ringing a bell.
He heard the alarm go off.
Definition of alarm from the Collins English Dictionary
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