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alert

3 noun
     
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1 [countable] a warning to be ready for possible danger
a bomb/fire/terrorist etc alert
a full-scale flood alert
The bomb alert was raised soon after midnight.
red alert
2

on (the) alert (for something/somebody)

ready to notice and deal with a situation or problem:
Be on the alert for anyone acting suspiciously.
Troops in the vicinity were put on alert.
on full alert also on high alert (=completely ready to deal with a dangerous situation)
All our border points are on full alert.

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