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Dictionary definition for: Alarm

1. (n) fear resulting from the awareness of danger

2. (v) fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised; "I was horrified at the thought of being late for my interview" "The news of the executions horrified us"

3. (n) a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event

4. (v) warn or arouse to a sense of danger or call to a state of preparedness; "The empty house alarmed him" "We alerted the new neighbors to the high rate of burglaries"

5. (n) an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger

6. (n) a clock that wakes sleeper at preset time

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