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noun alarm pronunciation in American English /əˈlɑrm/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a piece of electrical equipment that warns you of danger, especially by making a loud noise
    burglar/fire/smoke alarm: Every new house comes complete with smoke alarms.
    set off/trigger an alarm: The burglars left empty-handed after triggering the alarm.
  2. 2
    [countable] an alarm clock
    Did you hear my alarm go off this morning?
  3. 3
    [uncountable] fear or worry that something unpleasant or dangerous might happen
    There was a note of alarm in her voice.
    cause for alarm (=something to be frightened of or worried about): She will have to stay in the hospital tonight but there is no cause for alarm.
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