Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an alert manner; with watchful vigilance; nimbly; briskly; actively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In an alert manner; nimbly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In an alert manner; with alertness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in mentally perceptive and responsive way

Etymologies

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alert +‎ -ly

Examples

  • The throw from left fielder Manny Ramirez came in, and Varitek again alertly tagged Tejada, who turned to Welke to plead his case.

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  • The throw from left fielder Manny Ramirez came in, and Varitek again alertly tagged Tejada, who turned to Welke to plead his case.

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  • The suspect, still clutching the hostage, backed off the sidewalk, slipped and nearly fell, The hostage alertly sprinted away toward the officers.

    After hostage standoff's favorable end, police strategy questioned

  • They drew back into a wider circle, squatting alertly on their haunches and licking their chops, the hair on every neck bristling and erect.

    BÂTARD

  • Driving back into town, I saw one deer on the side of the road who was watching the passing traffic almost as alertly as we were all watching her.

    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • The suspect, still clutching the hostage, backed off the sidewalk, slipped and nearly fell, The hostage alertly sprinted away toward the officers.

    After hostage standoff's favorable end, police strategy questioned

  • However, into the taxi and away through the maze of San Francisco's streets, Michael lay alertly on the floor near Del Mar's feet, making no overtures of friendliness, by the same token making no demonstration of the repulsion of the man's personality engendered in him.

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  • There was no response to Tier querying call, although she strained alertly to catch any sound.

    Western Man

  • There was no response to Tier querying call, although she strained alertly to catch any sound.

    Western Man

  • The suspect, still clutching the hostage, backed off the sidewalk, slipped and nearly fell, The hostage alertly sprinted away toward the officers.

    After hostage standoff's favorable end, police strategy questioned

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