verb (used with object)
Origin of alert
Examples from the Web for alerting
On July 8, a summons was sent to Zhang alerting her to the lawsuit, and on July 11, Nan Shi lost her job.
Few would dare to publicly rage against the government, as Gulnara has, for fear of alerting the security services.Gulnara Karimova’s Tweets Hint at Uzbek Power Struggle|Anonymous|November 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The next day an email was waiting for Gambill from the honor system, alerting her that she may have broken its code.
But “with Buster alerting at the rear alley upslope, then that is certainly a possible grave site.”
He tried to escape once, climbing a boundary wall, his cries of "help" alerting sleeping guards, who then beat him up.Perry Has a Point About the Marines Video vs. the Daniel Pearl Video|Asra Q. Nomani|January 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Alerting the coyotes, he dispatched them ahead; and the three started on, the Mongol girl between the two Apaches.The Defiant Agents|Andre Alice Norton
Instead of crippling the nation, they succeeded only in alerting it.The Last Gentleman|Rory Magill
Here the song acquires the additional functions of alerting the female to danger and threatening the trespasser.Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon|Jon C. Barlow
Instead it washed through his body, sharpening his reflexes and alerting his muscles for action.Delayed Action|Charles Vincent De Vet
But why were they searching for him, alerting the natives in an effort to scoop him up?The Time Traders|Andre Norton
British Dictionary definitions for alerting
adjective (usually postpositive)
- on guard against danger, attack, etc
- watchful; readyon the alert for any errors
Word Origin for alert
Word Origin and History for alerting
"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 alerting
see on the alert.