verb (used with object)
Origin of alert
Synonyms for alert
Antonyms for alert
Related Words for alertlyreasonably, rationally, logically, shrewdly, wisely, brilliantly, judiciously, skillfully, prudently, sensibly, knowingly, sharply, aptly, astutely, capably, discerningly, intellectually, keenly, knowledgeably
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Historical Examples of 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
adjective (usually postpositive)
- on guard against danger, attack, etc
- watchful; readyon the alert for any errors
Word Origin for alert
"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.
see on the alert.