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arrest

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verb ar·rest \ə-ˈrest\

Simple Definition of arrest

  • : to use the power of the law to take and keep (someone, such as a criminal)

  • : to stop the progress or movement of (something)

  • : to attract and hold the attention of (someone or something)

Full Definition of arrest

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to bring to a stop <sickness arrested his activities> b :  check, slow c :  to make inactive <an arrested tumor>

  3. 2 :  seize, capture; specifically :  to take or keep in custody by authority of law

  4. 3 :  to catch suddenly and engagingly <arrest attention>

ar·rest·er also ar·res·tor play \-ˈres-tər\ noun
ar·rest·ment play \-ˈres(t)-mənt\ noun

Examples of arrest

  1. The police arrested him on drug charges.

  2. The police officer said, I'm arresting you in the name of the law.

  3. The drugs can't arrest the disease's progress, but they can slow it down considerably.



Origin of arrest

Middle English aresten, from Anglo-French arester to stop, arrest, from Vulgar Latin *arrestare, from Latin ad- + restare to remain — more at rest


First Known Use: 14th century


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arrest

noun ar·rest

Simple Definition of arrest

  • : the act of legally taking and keeping someone (such as a criminal) : the act of arresting someone

  • medical : an occurrence in which a part of the body suddenly stops working

Full Definition of arrest

  1. 1 a :  the act of stopping b :  the condition of being stopped or inactive — compare cardiac arrest

  2. 2 :  the taking or detaining in custody by authority of law

under arrest
  1. :  in legal custody

Examples of arrest

  1. The police are investigating the case but they have not yet made any arrests.

  2. She was charged with resisting arrest.

  3. The information has led to the arrest of three suspects.



14th Century

First Known Use of arrest

14th century



ARREST Defined for Kids

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arrest

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verb ar·rest \ə-ˈrest\

Definition of arrest

ar·rest·edar·rest·ing

  1. 1 :  to take or keep control over (someone) by authority of law <She was arrested on suspicion of robbery.>

  2. 2 :  to stop the progress or movement of :  check <arrest a disease>

  3. 3 :  to attract and hold the attention of <But I was suddenly arrested by a sight that only Grandma and I saw. — Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder>




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arrest

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noun ar·rest

Definition of arrest

  1. :  the act of taking or holding a person by authority of law





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