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Definition 1: a warning serves to make you more alert to danger - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for alert in the sense of this definition

(alert is a kind of ...) a message informing of danger

"a warning that still more bombs could explode"

(... is an instance of alert) a federal warning system that is activated by FEMA; enables the President to take over the United States airwaves to warn the whole country of major catastrophic events

Definition 2: an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for alert in the sense of this definition

(alert is a kind of ...) any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message

"signals from the boat suddenly stopped"

(... is a kind of alert ) a small explosive device that is placed on a railroad track and fires when a train runs over it; the sound of the explosion warns the engineer of danger ahead

(... is a kind of alert ) a warning signal that is a loud wailing sound

(... is a kind of alert ) a flag that serves as a warning signal

"we didn't swim at the beach because the red flag was up"

(... is a kind of alert ) a noise made by the driver of an automobile to give warning

(... is a kind of alert ) a loud low warning signal that can be heard by fogbound ships

(... is a kind of alert ) a shout or bell to warn that fire has broken out

(... is a kind of alert ) a loud warning signal produced by a burglar alarm

"they could hear the burglar alarm a mile away"

(... is a kind of alert ) the warning signal that begins a period of preparation for an enemy air attack

(... is a kind of alert ) the sound of an alarm (usually a bell)

Definition 3: condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action - [noun denoting state]

Samples where alert or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bombers were put on alert during the crisis

Synonyms for alert in the sense of this definition

(alert is a kind of ...) the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)

"putting them in readiness" "their preparation was more than adequate"

(... is a kind of alert ) the condition in which combat aircraft are airborne and ready for an operation

"aircraft in the Mideast are on air alert"

(... is a kind of alert ) the highest level of alert when an attack by the enemy seems imminent (or more generally a state of alert resulting from imminent danger)

(... is a kind of alert ) a state of readiness for domestic defense aircraft

"the Air Force will keep fighters on strip alert at bases around the country"

Definition 4: warn or arouse to a sense of danger or call to a state of preparedness - [verb of communication]

Samples where alert or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The empty house alarmed him
  • We alerted the new neighbors to the high rate of burglaries

Synonyms for alert in the sense of this definition

(alert is a kind of ...) notify of danger, potential harm, or risk

"The director warned him that he might be fired" "The doctor warned me about the dangers of smoking"

(... is a kind of alert ) make aware of

"His words woke us to terrible facts of the situation"

Definition 5: engaged in or accustomed to close observation - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where alert or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • caught by a couple of alert cops
  • alert enough to spot the opportunity when it came
  • constantly alert and vigilant, like a sentinel on duty

Synonyms for alert in the sense of this definition

(alert is similar to ...) carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger

"a policy of open-eyed awareness" "the vigilant eye of the town watch" "there was a watchful dignity in the room" "a watchful parent with a toddler in tow"

(alert is similar to ...) (British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked

(alert is similar to ...) fully alert and watchful

"played heads-up ball"

(alert is similar to ...) always watchful

"to an eye like mine, a lidless watcher of the public weal"

(means also ...) marked by keen caution and watchful prudence

"they were wary in their movements" "a wary glance at the black clouds" "taught to be wary of strangers"

(means also ...) not in a state of sleep; completely conscious

"lay awake thinking about his new job" "still not fully awake"

(means also ...) full of life and energy

"a lively discussion" "lively and attractive parents" "a lively party"

Definition 6: mentally perceptive and responsive - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where alert or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an alert mind
  • alert to the problems
  • alive to what is going on
  • awake to the dangers of her situation
  • was now awake to the reality of his predicament

Synonyms for alert in the sense of this definition

(alert is similar to ...) (sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception

"was aware of his opponent's hostility" "became aware of her surroundings" "aware that he had exceeded the speed limit"

Definition 7: quick and energetic - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where alert or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a brisk walk in the park
  • a lively gait
  • a merry chase
  • traveling at a rattling rate
  • a snappy pace
  • a spanking breeze

Synonyms for alert in the sense of this definition

(alert is similar to ...) possessing or exerting or displaying energy

"an energetic fund raiser for the college" "an energetic group of hikers" "it caused an energetic chemical reaction"

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