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alert
WordNet 2.0
  • an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger
  • a warning serves to make you more alert to danger
  • condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action
  • "bombers were put on alert during the crisis"
  • 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"
  • very attentive or observant
  • "an alert and responsive baby is a joy"
  • "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"
  • (usually followed by `to'') showing acute awareness
  • mentally perceptive
  • "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"
  • not unconscious
  • especially having become conscious
  • "the patient is now awake and alert"
  • mentally responsive
  • "an alert mind"
alert
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Watchful; vigilant; active in vigilance.

    2. Brisk; nimble; moving with celerity.

    "An alert young fellow. Addison." --

    Syn. -- Active; agile; lively; quick; prompt.

  • 1. An alarm from a real or threatened attack; a sudden attack; also, a bugle sound to give warning. "We have had an alert." Farrow.

    On the alert
    on the lookout or watch against attack or danger; ready to act.

 

We are effectively destroying ourselves by violence masquerading as love.

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