Alarming
Alarm A*larm", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Alarmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Alarming}.] [Alarm, n. Cf. F. alarmer.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To keep in excitement; to disturb. [1913 Webster]

3. To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear. [1913 Webster]

Alarmed by rumors of military preparation. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Alarming — A*larm ing, a. Exciting, or calculated to excite, alarm; causing apprehension of danger; as, an alarming crisis or report. A*larm ing*ly, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alarming — index dangerous, formidable, imminent, ominous, portentous (ominous), precarious, prophetic, sinister …   Law dictionary

  • alarming — [ə lärm′iŋ] adj. that alarms, or makes suddenly afraid or anxious; frightening alarmingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • alarming — adj. alarming to + inf. (it was alarming to think of the possible consequences) * * * [ə lɑːmɪŋ] alarming to + inf. (it was alarming to think of the possible consequences) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • alarming — a|larm|ing [ ə larmıŋ ] adjective frightening or worrying: We are getting alarming reports of refugees being rounded up and shot. at an alarming rate: Violent crime is increasing at an alarming rate. ╾ a|larm|ing|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • alarming — [[t]əlɑ͟ː(r)mɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is alarming makes you feel afraid or anxious that something unpleasant or dangerous might happen. The disease has spread at an alarming rate. ...the alarming increase in crime. Syn: worrying Derived… …   English dictionary

  • alarming — adjective worrying and frightening: an alarming increase in violent crime | at an alarming rate (=happening so quickly that it makes people worried): The rainforest is disappearing at an alarming rate. alarmingly adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • alarming — UK [əˈlɑː(r)mɪŋ] / US [əˈlɑrmɪŋ] adjective frightening or worrying We are getting alarming reports of refugees being rounded up and shot. at an alarming rate: Violent crime is increasing at an alarming rate. Derived word: alarmingly adverb …   English dictionary

  • alarming — alarmingly, adv. /euh lahr ming/, adj. causing alarm or fear: an alarming case of pneumonia; an alarming lack of respect. [1670 80; ALARM + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

  • alarming — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ find sth ▪ I find the prospect of being without work extremely alarming. ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly …   Collocations dictionary

  • alarming — a|larm|ing [əˈla:mıŋ US a:r ] adj making you feel worried or frightened ▪ an alarming increase in violent crime ▪ The rainforest is disappearing at an alarming rate. >alarmingly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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