ADJ-GRADEDSomething that is alarming makes you feel afraid or anxious that something unpleasant or dangerous might happen.
The disease has spread at an alarming rate.
...the alarming increase in crime.Syn:Derived words:alarmingly ADV-GRADED
...the alarmingly high rate of heart disease.
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Alarming — A*larm ing, a. Exciting, or calculated to excite, alarm; causing apprehension of danger; as, an alarming crisis or report. A*larm ing*ly, adv. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
alarming — index dangerous, formidable, imminent, ominous, portentous (ominous), precarious, prophetic, sinister … Law dictionary
alarming — [ə lärm′iŋ] adj. that alarms, or makes suddenly afraid or anxious; frightening alarmingly adv … English World dictionary
alarming — adj. alarming to + inf. (it was alarming to think of the possible consequences) * * * [ə lɑːmɪŋ] alarming to + inf. (it was alarming to think of the possible consequences) … Combinatory dictionary
alarming — a|larm|ing [ ə larmıŋ ] adjective frightening or worrying: We are getting alarming reports of refugees being rounded up and shot. at an alarming rate: Violent crime is increasing at an alarming rate. ╾ a|larm|ing|ly adverb … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
alarming — adjective worrying and frightening: an alarming increase in violent crime | at an alarming rate (=happening so quickly that it makes people worried): The rainforest is disappearing at an alarming rate. alarmingly adverb … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
alarming — UK [əˈlɑː(r)mɪŋ] / US [əˈlɑrmɪŋ] adjective frightening or worrying We are getting alarming reports of refugees being rounded up and shot. at an alarming rate: Violent crime is increasing at an alarming rate. Derived word: alarmingly adverb … English dictionary
alarming — alarmingly, adv. /euh lahr ming/, adj. causing alarm or fear: an alarming case of pneumonia; an alarming lack of respect. [1670 80; ALARM + ING2] * * * … Universalium
alarming — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ find sth ▪ I find the prospect of being without work extremely alarming. ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly … Collocations dictionary
alarming — a|larm|ing [əˈla:mıŋ US a:r ] adj making you feel worried or frightened ▪ an alarming increase in violent crime ▪ The rainforest is disappearing at an alarming rate. >alarmingly adv … Dictionary of contemporary English