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verb [transitive] alarm pronunciation in American English /əˈlɑrm/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlealarming
past tensealarmed
past participlealarmed
  1. 1
    to make someone frightened or worried that something unpleasant or dangerous might happen

    I don’t want to alarm you but I think there is a serious problem.

    School officials were alarmed by the number of children with the disease.



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