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arrest

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of arrest

  1. 1 the act of taking into one's control by authority of law <there have been only two arrests for driving while intoxicated in the county in the last six months> Synonyms apprehension, arrestment, bust [slang], collar, pinch Related Words raid; house arrest; capture, entrapment, seizure; captivity, confinement, detention, enchainment, hold, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration, restraint; rearrest; remand Near Antonyms emancipation, liberation, release Antonyms discharge

  2. 2 the stopping of a process or activity <“hemostasis” is the technical term for arrest of bleeding> Synonyms end, arrestment, cease, cessation, check, close, closedown, closure, conclusion, cutoff, discontinuance, discontinuation, ending, expiration, finish, halt, lapse, offset, shutdown, shutoff, stay, stop, stoppage, surcease, terminationRelated Words mop-up, phaseout; abeyance, break, interruption, layoff, letup, moratorium, pause, standstill, suspensionNear Antonyms extension, persistence, prolongationAntonyms continuance, continuation




arrest

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of arrest

  1. 1 to take or keep under one's control by authority of law <the inept robber was promptly arrested by the off-duty policeman he had tried to hold up> Synonyms apprehend, bust [slang], collar, nab, nail, nick [British slang], pick up, pinch, pull in, restrain, run in, seize Related Words bag, capture, catch, get, grab, grapple, hook, land, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap; commit, confine, detain, hold, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, jug, lock (up); bind, enchain, fetter, handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; rearrest; remand Near Antonyms emancipate, free, liberate, loose, loosen, release, spring; unbind, unchain Antonyms discharge

  2. 2 to bring (something) to a standstill <cryogenics is based on the idea that extreme cold can almost arrest molecular motion> Synonyms {h,1}halt, bring up, catch, check, draw up, fetch up, hold up, pull up, stall, stay, still, stopRelated Words baffle, balk, block, blockade, bottleneck, clog, dam, detain, hinder, hold, hold back, impede, obstruct, snag, stem; conclude, cut off, end, terminate; call, discontinue, suspend; choke off, rein (in), repress, squash, squelch, stanch (or staunch), stunt, suppress, turn backNear Antonyms carry on, continue, follow through (with), keep (on), keep up, persist, run on; advance, fare, go along, march, move, proceed, progress, wend; actuate, budge, drive, goad, impel, propel, push, spur, stir

  3. 3 to hold the attention of as if by a spell <the sight of the daredevil walking a tightrope between high-rises arrested area pedestrians and motorists alike> Synonyms enthrall, bedazzle, catch up, enchant, fascinate, grip, hypnotize, mesmerize, spellbindRelated Words enrapture, entrance, thrill; beguile, bewitch, charm; absorb, engage, engross, involve




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