- fully aware and attentive; wide-awake; keen: an alert mind.
- swift; agile; nimble.
- an attitude of vigilance, readiness, or caution, as before an expected attack.
- a warning or alarm of an impending military attack, a storm, etc.: We'd just boarded the bus when the alert sounded.
- the period during which such a warning or alarm is in effect.
- to warn (troops, ships, etc.) to prepare for action.
- to warn of an impending raid, attack, storm, etc.: The radio alerted coastal residents to prepare for the hurricane.
- to advise or warn; cause to be on guard: to alert gardeners to the dangers of some pesticides.
- on the alert, on guard against danger; in readiness; vigilant: The state police are on the alert for an escaped convict believed to be in the area.
Origin of alert
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Examples from the Web for alertly
She went briskly, alertly, like one with a definite end in view.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
Jim began backing off as soon as he had it in his hand, watching Spence alertly.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
He looked at neither of the bad-men, but he was very coolly and alertly on guard.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
He was alertly watchful for any quick thrust that might find him off guard.Otherwise Phyllis
He did not see the fire smouldering in the squinting eyes so alertly watching him.Bar-20 Days
Clarence E. Mulford
- vigilantly attentivealert to the problems
- brisk, nimble, or lively
- an alarm or warning, esp a siren warning of an air raid
- the period during which such a warning remains in effect
- on the alert
- on guard against danger, attack, etc
- watchful; readyon the alert for any errors
- to warn or signal (troops, police, etc) to prepare for action
- to warn of danger, an attack, etc
Word Origin and History for alertly
"on the watch," 1590s, from French alerte "vigilant" (17c.), from phrase à l'erte "on the watch," from Italian all'erta "to the height," from erta "lookout, high tower," noun use of fem. of erto, past participle of ergere "raise up," from Latin erigere "raise" (see erect). The adjective is attested from 1610s, the noun from 1803, and the verb from 1868. Related: Alerted; alerting.
Idioms and Phrases with alertly
see on the alert.