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Amber Alert

or AMBER Alert

a public alert system that spreads information about missing persons by using the broadcast media and electronic billboards on highways.
a public message or announcement that uses this system. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for amber-alert

Amber alert

(US & Canadian) a notification to the general public, such as by commercial radio or electronic traffic-condition signs, regarding an abduction of a child
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C20: named after Amber Hagerman, a child who was abducted and murdered in 1996 in Arlington, Texas
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Contemporary definitions for amber-alert

an emergency broadcast or notification system used when there has been an abduction, esp. of a child


The decision to declare an Amber Alert is made by the law-enforcement organization investigating the abduction.

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named for 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who in 1996 was kidnapped from her Arlington TX neighborhood while riding her bicycle and found dead four days later's 21st Century Lexicon
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