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Alert appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Sex Alert: "Ella, my mallet relaxes!"
  • Rae, don’t relay a D-Day alert… no, dear.
  • Nora, alert, saws goldenrod-adorned logs, wastrel Aaron!
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun alert:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective alert:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb alert:

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Definition of the noun alert

What does alert mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: alerts

  1. condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action
    • example: bombers were put on alert during the crisis
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of alert: qui vive
    • more generic words: preparation / preparedness / readiness = the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action
    • more specific terms:
      • air alert = the condition in which combat aircraft are airborne and ready for an operation
      • red alert = the highest level of alert when an attack by the enemy seems imminent
      • strip alert = a state of readiness for domestic defense aircraft
  2. a warning serves to make you more alert to danger
  3. an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of alert: alarm / alarum / warning signal
    • more generic words: sign / signal / signaling = any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
    • more specific terms:
      • torpedo = a small explosive device that is placed on a railroad track and fires when a train runs over it
      • air alert = the warning signal that begins a period of preparation for an enemy air attack
      • burglar alarm = a loud warning signal produced by a burglar alarm
      • fire alarm = a shout or bell to warn that fire has broken out
      • fogsignal / foghorn = a loud low warning signal that can be heard by fogbound ships
      • horn = a noise made by the driver of an automobile to give warning
      • red flag = a flag that serves as a warning signal
      • siren = a warning signal that is a loud wailing sound
      • alarm bell / tocsin = the sound of an alarm

Alternative definition of the noun alert


  1. An alarm.
  2. A notification of higher importance than an advisory.

Specialised definition of the noun alert

Glossary of management / IT service management / problem management

a warning that an incident has occurred

Glossary of sports

used for describing someone who takes an intelligent interest in his or her surroundings (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the adjective alert

What does alert mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more alert / alerter | most alert / alertest

  1. engaged in or accustomed to close observation
  2. quick and energetic
  3. mentally perceptive and responsive

Alternative definition of the adjective alert


  1. Attentive; awake; on-guard.

Definition of the verb alert

What does alert mean as a doing word?

Alert is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: alerted | alerting | alerts

  1. warn or arouse to a sense of danger or call to a state of preparedness
    • example: We alerted the new neighbors to the high rate of burglaries
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]Ellen alerted Helen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, quotation]Ellen warned Helen, 'Avoid that hole in the sidewalk.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned Helen that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled Sara that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Ellen warned Helen how to avoid the crowd
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] against / about / concerning / on / regarding / respecting [Topic]Ellen warned Helen against skating on thin ice
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] of [Topic]My accountant warned me of the new loopholes in the tax code

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): assure, brief, encourage, inform, notify.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of alert: alarm
    • more generic word: warn = notify of danger, potential harm, or risk
    • more specific word: wake = make aware of

Alternative definition of the verb alert


  1. To give warning to.


  1. Alert is an unincorporated community in southern Morgan Township, Butler County, Ohio, in the United States. It is located about ten miles southwest of Hamilton on Howards Creek, a tributary of the Great Miami River in section 28 of R1ET3N of the Congress Lands. It is three miles west of Shandon and two miles south of Okeana.
  2. ALERT is a medical facility on the edge of Addis Ababa, specializing in Hansen’s disease, also known as “leprosy”. It was originally the All Africa Leprosy Rehabilitation and Training Center, but the official name is now expanded to include tuberculosis: All Africa Leprosy, Tuberculosis and Rehabilitation Training Centre.
  3. Alert is an unincorporated community in Jackson Township, Decatur County, Indiana.

There are other places with in their name, like Alert Bay.


Alert is a musical artist, webpage, musical group.


  1. Alert is an energy caffeine gum produced by the Wrigley's company that entered the U.S. market in April 2013.
  2. Alert is a drug brand, brand.


  1. "Alert" is a musical album of Kanka.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  2. "Alert" a.k.a. "Alert!" is a musical EP of Al Sirat.
    • released in (11 years ago)


  1. Alert is a breed temperament.
  2. Alert was an English motorcycle manufactured by Smith & Molesworth at Coventry between 1903 and 1906. The bikes were powered by 2.35, 2.75 and 3.25 bhp Sarolea engines.

Phrases with Alert

Phrase starting with the word Alert:

  1. Alert Five

Phrases ending with the word Alert:

  1. air alert
  2. red alert
  3. AMBER Alert
  4. Drink Alert
  5. Flood alert
  6. strip alert
  7. On the Alert

Other phrases containing the word Alert:

  1. seizure-alert dog
  2. Medical Alert Jewelry
  3. emergency alert system

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alert

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Google previewLiving a Healthy Christian Life (2012)

It is really up to you by Madison Clark, Jr.

However, being alert means being aware of the possibilities of being tempted. We are not above or immune to the things that Satan...

Google previewSpiritual Food For Thought (2012)

Practical matters from a Biblical Perspective by Dr. Mary J. Jackson

Being alert means being aware of the possibilities of temptation, sensitive to the subtleties, and spiritually equipped to fight it. In most cases temptation will strike in areas where we are the most vulnerable, for example; if you're trying to stop ...

Google previewQuick Sketching with Ron Husband (2014)

by Ron Husband

Sitting while being alert means only the seated portion of the anatomy is relaxed. The combinations and situations of sitting are endless. Be observant of that person “just sitting.” There is action analysis, anatomy, and that person's thought ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity (2014)

by Linwood H. Cousins

The American versionofthe AMBER Alert Plan, known asAmerica's Missing: BroadcastEmergency Response,was codified into federallaw by the 2003 Prosecutorial Remedies and Other ToolstoEndthe Exploitation of Children Today ...

Google previewEtymologicon magnum, or Universal etymological dictionary, on a new plan [By W. Whiter]. (1800)

by Walter Whiter

Ready, alert. tricks — teizing, &c. we readily fall Imp. (Eng.) Surculus. into the sense which the word bears at Imp. (Old Eng.) ...

Google previewThe SAGE Dictionary of Policing (2008)

by Alison Wakefield, Jenny Fleming

Human Security; Intelligence Agency; Security; Security Networks; Transnational Policing NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Definition Neighbourhood watch (also known as block watch, apartment watch, home watch, citizen alert and community ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention (2010)

by Bonnie S. Fisher, Steven P. Lab

Despite the excellent intentions behind the AMBER Alert system and the claims of extraordinary success by its advocates, the available evidence suggests a more sobering picture. Although the vast majority of the cases in which AMBER Alerts ...

Google previewAbuse: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Consequences, and Treatments (2015)

by Rosemarie Skaine

AMBER ALERT The AMBER Alert System was created ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence (2008)

by Claire M. Renzetti, Jeffrey L. Edleson

The AMBER Alert program is an emergency response system established to enable the public to aid in the search for children who are believed to have been abducted and to be in imminent danger. Following the 1996 abduction and murder ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Crisis Management (2013)

by K. Bradley Penuel, Matt Statler, Ryan Hagen

Alert. Systems. Emergency alert systems (EAS) are mechanisms used to quickly deliver an alert or warning, especially during significant, life-threatening emergencies. These systems are currently used on various scales in multiple settings, ...

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Quotes about Alert

Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur. (Muriel Spark)
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Scrabble value of A1L1E1R1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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