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 \ ə-​ˈre-​stər How to pronounce arrestor (audio) \ noun
arrestment \ ə-​ˈres(t)-​mənt How to pronounce arrestment (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for arrest

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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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 The Miami employee, who assisted a full-time driver in unloading packages at several locations, was arrested for stealing packages on two different occasions this week, according to court documents. Fox News, "Miami UPS worker allegedly hides packages worth nearly $3G, steals them later, police say," 5 Dec. 2019 Rice was a member of the Richmond 34, a group of black Virginia Union University students arrested in 1960 for a sit-in at a whites-only lunch counter at Thalhimers department store. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Virginia looks at scrapping defunct, racist laws still on the books," 5 Dec. 2019 And on Wednesday, three boys were arrested for allegedly making a shooting threat against Wedgewood Park International School in Milwaukee. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Students in New Berlin, Oak Creek are being investigated for gun-related incidents and threats," 5 Dec. 2019 After failing a field sobriety test, the woman was arrested for drunken driving. John Benson, cleveland, "Weaving drunk driver arrested leaving fundraiser: North Royalton Police Blotter," 4 Dec. 2019 Fisher was arrested for first-degree kidnapping and is being held on $50,000 bond. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "UFC Fighter's Stepdaughter Was Shot to Death, Police Say, as Suspect Charged With Capital Murder," 3 Dec. 2019 Former third-round pick Kenyan Drake was traded to the Cardinals at the trade deadline after four seasons, while former starter Mark Walton was released after being arrested for assault in a domestic violence incident last month. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins place RB Kalen Ballage on injured reserve; add former Cardinals running back and ex-Raiders receiver," 3 Dec. 2019 Fonda was arrested for the first time on October 11 in a red coat that has now become somewhat iconic. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "Jane Fonda tells Anderson Cooper it 'feels good' to be arrested for civil disobedience," 2 Dec. 2019 The unveiling was part of several tributes to the day Parks was arrested for refusing to give her seat to a white man on a city bus on Dec. 1, 1955. USA TODAY, "Rosa Parks statue, newborn polar bear cub, quake rocks Oregon: News from around our 50 states," 2 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Orange County Sheriff's Office told local outlets an investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been announced. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-University of Louisville football player Chris Campa reportedly found dead in Florida," 7 Dec. 2019 No arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing. Zahra Ullah, CNN, "Russian billionaire killed by vehicle while walking his dog in England," 6 Dec. 2019 No arrests had been made in the shooting, a police spokeswoman said. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage police investigate fatal shooting at Fairview hotel," 4 Dec. 2019 Phoenix police told The Republic no arrests were made. Richard Obert, azcentral, "High school basketball fight: Cesar Chavez to forfeit next game, suspend players involved," 2 Dec. 2019 No arrests had been made, police said, with any motive unclear. NBC News, "10 people shot in New Orleans, police say," 1 Dec. 2019 No arrests have been made and police have not identified any suspects. Greg Hanlon, PEOPLE.com, "'Baby Shark' Stuffed Toy Possibly Saves Wisc. Toddler’s Life After Stray Bullet Rips Through Wall," 28 Nov. 2019 No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis hip-hop 'playmaker' FreshDuzIt hits mainstream with 'Camelot'," 26 Nov. 2019 No arrests have been made in Youngquist’s shooting death, the sheriff’s office said. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "Harford police offering $10,000 rewards for information about suspects in two separate Edgewood shootings," 25 Nov. 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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The first known use of arrest was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

9 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Arrest.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arrested. Accessed 16 December 2019.

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More Definitions for arrest

arrest

verb
How to pronounce arrest (audio)

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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