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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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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>

arrester also arrestor play \-ˈres-tər\ noun
arrestment play \-ˈres(t)-mənt\ noun

Examples of arrest in a sentence

  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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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 for Students

arrestedarresting

  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 for Students

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




Medical Dictionary

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arrest

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verb ar·rest \ə-ˈrest\

Medical Definition of arrest

  1. :  to bring to a standstill or state of inactivity <arrested tuberculosis> <arrested labor>

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to undergo cardiac arrest <the…patient has arrested while being transported to surgery—Wayne Fields>

arrestment noun



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arrest

noun ar·rest

Medical Definition of arrest

  1. :  the condition of being stopped <developmental arrest>—see cardiac arrest; compare cure 1, remission




Law Dictionary

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arrest

noun ar·rest \ə-ˈrest\

Legal Definition of arrest

  1. :  the restraining and seizure of a person whether or not by physical force by someone acting under authority (as a police officer) in connection with a crime in such a manner that it is reasonable under the circumstances for the person to believe that he or she is not free to leave — see also miranda warnings, probable cause at cause 2, warrant — compare stop citizen's arrest :  an arrest made not by a law officer but by any citizen who derives the authority to arrest from the fact of being a citizen Editor's note: Under common law, a citizen may make an arrest for any felony actually committed, or for a breach of the peace committed in his or her presence. civil arrest :  the arrest and detention of a defendant in a civil suit until he or she posts bail or pays the judgment — see also capias ad respondendum Editor's note: Civil arrest is restricted or prohibited in most states. custodial arrest :  an arrest of a person accompanied by or followed by taking the person into custody false arrest :  an arrest made without legal authority —called also unlawful arrest Editor's note: If a person is taken into custody, no matter how briefly, a false arrest is also false imprisonment. pretext arrest \ˈprē-ˌtekst-\ :  the arrest of a person for a minor crime (as a traffic violation) for the real purpose of getting an opportunity to investigate (as through a search) the person's possible involvement in a more serious crime for which there are no lawful grounds to make an arrest —called also pretextual arrest unlawful arrest :  false arrest in this entry

under arrest
  1. :  in the condition of being restrained under legal authority



Origin of arrest

Middle French arest, from arester to stop, seize, arrest, ultimately from Latin ad to, at + restare to stay


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arrest

transitive verb ar·rest

Legal Definition of arrest

  1. :  to place under arrest

arrester also arrestor noun




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