arrest

verb
ar·​rest | \ ə-ˈrest How to pronounce arrest (audio) \
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 How to pronounce arrestor (audio) \ noun
arrestment \ -​ˈres(t)-​mənt How to pronounce arrestment (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for arrest

Synonyms: Verb

apprehend, bust [slang], collar, nab, nail, nick [British slang], pick up, pinch, pull in, restrain, run in, seize

Synonyms: Noun

apprehension, arrestment, bust [slang], collar, pinch

Antonyms: Verb

discharge

Antonyms: Noun

discharge

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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

Among those arrested was David Dixon, 66, a former top lieutenant for Hoover, who once ran the Gangster Disciples, the largest and one of the most violent gangs in Chicago. Alejandro Serrano, chicagotribune.com, "Associate of notorious gang leader Larry Hoover arrested in raid as Chicago police brace for long Fourth of July weekend," 3 July 2019 The sheriff's office could not confirm the names of those arrested on Wednesday afternoon. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Newly minted child detention center in rural Texas draws about 100 at first protest," 3 July 2019 Male, 19, arrested on suspicion of a misdemeanor bench warrant, 1600 block Montecito Road. Ramona Sentinel, "Sheriff’s Reports: June 23-27," 1 July 2019 Among those arrested in Operation Cell Block was Jy’kez Jackson, 19, of Groveland. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Lake County drug sweep nets 44 arrests from undercover operations targeting high-level traffickers," 28 June 2019 The people arrested have not yet been identified, but will face a number of gun, gang and drug charges. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Police, state's attorney announce arrest of 14 gang suspects," 28 June 2019 Turkey’s prisons remain packed with thousands of people arrested on outrageously vague charges in the aftermath of a bloody coup attempt in 2016. The Economist, "Turkey’s president fails to see off his most powerful rival yet," 28 June 2019 The other two people arrested weren’t exchange employees. Steven Russolillo, WSJ, "Former Hong Kong Exchange Official Arrested in IPO Graft Probe," 27 June 2019 Further Reading Ajit Pai’s ex-broadband advisor arrested on charge of forging fiber contracts Pierce's industry experience helped her land the top spot on Pai's broadband advisory committee in April 2017. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ex-chair of FCC broadband committee gets five years in prison for fraud," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Richardson ended up receiving a five-to-seven-year prison sentence, which was increased because of his arrest in Quincy, his lawyer said. Shelley Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "Stopping injustice or putting the public at risk? Suffolk DA Rachael Rollins’s tactics spur pushback," 6 July 2019 Authorities are offering up to $5,000 for any tips that lead to his arrest. NBC News, "2 toddlers severely burned in suspected road rage incident when gunshot into car ignites fireworks," 5 July 2019 Herrera is in his fifth season with the Phillies and appeared in 39 games before his arrest, hitting .222 in 2019 with one home run in 126 at-bats. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "MLB Suspends Odúbel Herrera for Remainder of 2019 Season," 5 July 2019 Since then, Buress has made high-profile appearances at Art Basel 2017, which led to his arrest for disorderly intoxication, and again in West Palm Beach Improv in 2018. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Ticket alert: Comedian Hannibal Buress taping new special Aug. 10 at Miami’s Olympia Theater," 5 July 2019 Percy was working as a security guard at the time of his arrest, the marshals said. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Former part-time Woodmere police officer who skipped rape trial arrested by U.S. Marshals," 4 July 2019 Police are searching for Coleman and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Jack Mccordick, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two Milwaukee men charged in drive-by shooting; one still at large," 4 July 2019 Hoffrogge turned himself in on Friday after a warrant was issued for his arrest following an investigation by Indiana State Police Detectives with the Indiana Crimes Against Children Unit. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Middle school wrestling coach charged with possession of child porn," 2 July 2019 Following his arrest, Gaynier was arraigned by video in the 33rd District Court on 50 felony counts — 25 counts each of voyeurism and computer crimes, according to a report by Fox 2 Detroit. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Man arraigned for allegedly recording men urinating at bowling alley," 26 June 2019

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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 and Noun

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

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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)
formal : to stop the progress or movement of (something)
formal : 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 How to pronounce arrest (audio) \
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 How to pronounce arrest (audio) \

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 entry 1 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
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

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

History and Etymology for arrest

Noun

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

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