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alarm

[ uh-lahrm ]
/ əˈlɑrm /
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noun
verb (used with object)
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Origin of alarm

1350–1400; Middle English alarme, alarom<Middle French <Old Italian allarme, noun from phrase all'arme to (the) arms. See arm2

synonym study for alarm

1. See fear. 8. See frighten.

OTHER WORDS FROM alarm

a·larm·a·ble, adjectivea·larm·ed·ly [uh-lahr-mid-lee], /əˈlɑr mɪd li/, adverbpre·a·larm, verb (used with object), nounun·a·larmed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for alarm

alarm
/ (əˈlɑːm) /

verb (tr)
noun

Derived forms of alarm

alarming, adjectivealarmingly, adverb

Word Origin for alarm

C14: from Old French alarme, from Old Italian all'arme to arms; see arm ²
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Other Idioms and Phrases with alarm

alarm

see false alarm.

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