arrest

verb
ar·rest | \ ə-ˈrest \
arrested; arresting; arrests

Definition of arrest 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : seize, capture specifically : to take or keep in custody by authority of law Police arrested the suspect.

2a : to bring to a stop Sickness arrested his activities.

b : check, slow Its growth was arrested.

c : to make inactive an arrested tumor

3 : to catch suddenly and engagingly arrest attention

arrest

noun

Definition of arrest (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the taking or detaining in custody by authority of law The investigation led to his arrest.

2a : the act of stopping

b : the condition of being stopped or inactive — compare cardiac arrest

under arrest

: in legal custody The suspect was placed under arrest.

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Other words from arrest

Verb

arrester or less commonly arrestor \-ˈres-tər \ noun
arrestment \-ˈres(t)-mənt \ noun

Examples of arrest in a Sentence

Verb

The police arrested him on drug charges. The police officer said, “I'm arresting you in the name of the law.” The drugs can't arrest the disease's progress, but they can slow it down considerably.

Noun

The police are investigating the case but they have not yet made any arrests. She was charged with resisting arrest. The information has led to the arrest of three suspects.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Earlier this week, James Manuel Johnson, 43, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder while armed, police said. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Second man arrested and charged in fatal stabbing in D.C.," 12 July 2018 Mendez was arrested and charged with murdering her grandson seven months after the baby’s death, court records show. Marisa Gerber, latimes.com, "Judge orders release of woman who served 11 years behind bars in grandson's death," 12 July 2018 Trybus was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct, CBS News reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Man harasses woman wearing Puerto Rico flag shirt," 11 July 2018 Buy Photo The 41-year-old daughter and granddaughter of two women beaten to death over the weekend in a Ventnor, N.J., high-rise was arrested Wednesday in New York City and charged with their slayings, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said. Robert Moran, Philly.com, "Woman arrested in beating deaths of mother, grandmother in Ventnor," 11 July 2018 Officials say two protesters were arrested and two federal officers suffered minor injuries in a flare up at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Portland. Fox News, "Tensions flare at Oregon immigration protest; officers hurt," 10 July 2018 He was arrested and charged initially with assault of a family member on Saturday, but his charge was upgraded to murder soon after that, the Houston Chronicle reported. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "He strangled his wife so she wouldn't go to jail for car debt, Texas cops say," 10 July 2018 Additionally, the 19-year-old driver was arrested and charged with driving without a license or insurance and was cited for a stop sign violation, police said. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora teen charged with aggravated use of a weapon," 10 July 2018 Roche was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree murder, police said. Amy B Wang, chicagotribune.com, "Man confronted teenage neighbor over fireworks — then shot him to death, police say," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

No arrests have been made and police have not publicly identified any suspects or said whether McCoy was suspected of being involved. Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "LeSean McCoy domestic abuse allegations: What we know," 12 July 2018 No arrests have been made in the case as of Thursday afternoon. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "LeSean McCoy's ex-girlfriend on home invasion 911 call: 'It has something to do with my ex'," 12 July 2018 Mike Finch II Source: California Department of Justice Get the data No arrest has been made in her incident, but the investigation remains open, said Elk Grove Police Department spokesman Jason Jimenez. Anita Chabria And Michael Finch Ii, sacbee, "Hate crimes in Sacramento County have increased by 66 percent since 2014," 12 July 2018 Area Central detectives said no arrests have been made. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Woman found slain along river in Goose Island identified," 10 July 2018 In the end, no arrests were made and the group left the parking lot. NBC News, "#WhileBlack: Calling police on black people becomes teachable moments for law enforcement," 6 July 2018 The arrests were made with the assistance of the Ottawa, Gurnee, Aurora and Palatine police departments and the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Bartlett duo indicted on charges they robbed banks in Aurora, Gurnee, Ottawa," 5 July 2018 The arrests were made with the assistance of the Ottawa, Gurnee, Aurora and Palatine police departments, as well as the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "FBI charges man, woman in string of suburban bank robberies using AK-47, including one in Gurnee," 5 July 2018 No arrests have been made in the incident, WFTS reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Man at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay hit by bullet shot to celebrate July 4th," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of arrest

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for arrest

Verb

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

Noun

see arrest entry 1

Noun

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

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arrest

verb

English Language Learners Definition of arrest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

arrest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of arrest (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

arrest

verb
ar·rest | \ ə-ˈrest \
arrested; arresting

Kids Definition of arrest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

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

arrest

noun

Kids Definition of arrest (Entry 2 of 2)

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

ar·rest | \ ə-ˈrest \

Medical Definition of arrest 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to bring to a standstill or state of inactivity arrested tuberculosis arrested labor

intransitive verb

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

Other words from arrest

arrestment noun

arrest

noun

Medical Definition of arrest (Entry 2 of 2)

: the condition of being stopped developmental arrest — see cardiac arrest — compare cure sense 1, remission

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arrest

noun
ar·rest | \ ə-ˈrest \

Legal Definition of arrest 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 sense 2, warrant — compare stop

citizenʼs 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

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

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

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

: in the condition of being restrained under legal authority

Legal Definition of arrest (Entry 2 of 2)

: to place under arrest

Other words from arrest

arrester also arrestor noun

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