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alert the public

To bring something to the attention of the public at large, especially as a warning of some kind. The purpose of her video was to alert the public to the risks of eating too much sugar. We want to alert the public that the business will be moving to a new location at the end of the month.
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alert someone

to something to make someone aware of trouble or potential trouble. The auditors alerted us to some problems with the accounts.

on the alert (for someone or something)

watchful and attentive for someone or something. Be on the alert for pickpockets. You should be on the alert when you cross the street in heavy traffic.
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be on full/red alert

if soldiers are on full alert, they know that a situation is dangerous and are prepared to act immediately if necessary The British flagship in the area went to battle stations and remained on full alert for twenty minutes.
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on the alert

Watchful, fully prepared, as in The inspectors are always on the alert for a manufacturing error. [Late 1700s]
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on the alert

Watchful and prepared for danger, emergency, or opportunity: bird watchers on the alert for a rare species.
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is continuing to evaluate the risk of impaired mental alertness with other insomnia drugs, including those available without a prescription.
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Our results suggest that chewing induced an increase in the arousal level and alertness in addition to an effect on motor control and, as a consequence, these effects could lead to improvements in cognitive performance," said the researchers from the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Japan, and other centres.
These findings clearly illustrate the benefit of chewing-gum on sustained attention or vigilance, particularly as time-on-task increases, and we might, with caution, infer that the benefit is mediated via the effect of chewing-gum on alertness.
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Naps as short as 20 minutes can improve alertness, performance and mood.
There is a need for a pleasant-tasting, attention-sustaining, low-priced drink that enables secondary school students to work safely and with sustained alertness all day," it read.
The recent operation has been started to check the alertness of policemen," a senior police officer said.
Attention revolves around alertness (the ability to become alert and focus on a task) and vigilance (sustained alertness).
Kirzner called the state of mind that enables the hunch, or the spontaneous learning, alertness.
Our Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) continuously monitors pilot alertness across a broad spectrum of international destinations, varying crew configurations and regulatory requirements.
Objective testing of alertness and fatigue using scientifically-accepted protocols was conducted on our ultra-long range flights.
Emirates is a world leader in the management of pilot fatigue and alertness.