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

Officers later went on to arrest the real attacker after a woman accompanying the professor was able to explain that the 50-year-old they had tackled and punched in the face was actually the victim. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "A Baltimore professor was the victim of an anti-Semitic attack and then German police punched him," 13 July 2018 Brown then returns to her car to consult with fellow officers about whether to arrest Sarah Webb or just give her a ticket. Fox News, "Video shows cops using coin flip to decide whether to arrest," 13 July 2018 Two men were arrested and 400 marijuana plants were seized following raids at homes in Oakland Park and in Fort Lauderdale where carbon monoxide fumes left three police officers feeling dizzy, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Two arrested, pot plants seized, officers recovering after two raids," 13 July 2018 Police said there were five other passengers in the vehicle, but that officers were only able to arrest one, Derek D. Stroman, 19, who was released from jail on Wednesday on the condition that he be placed on private home detention. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs, baltimoresun.com, "16-year-old accused of ramming Baltimore County police car with stolen Jeep is ordered held without bail," 12 July 2018 Several minutes later, other police officers arrived to arrest Trybus. Samantha Schmidt, BostonGlobe.com, "Officer resigns after video shows he watched as woman was harassed for wearing Puerto Rico shirt," 12 July 2018 Oakley was arrested by the NYPD and charged with three counts of assault for hitting security guards. Jenna West, SI.com, "Charles Oakley Arrested at Las Vegas Casino for Cheating," 12 July 2018 The driver was expected to be arrested after being medically cleared, Buttle said. City News Service, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Drunken driving suspected in two early-morning crashes," 11 July 2018 Controversy ensued on social media when Nehls threatened to arrest Karen Fonseca for disorderly conduct. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Owner of infamous 'F--- TRUMP' truck arrested, wife reacts on social media," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Get our daily newsletter But the arrest went smoothly, doubtless to the Pakistani authorities’ great relief. The Economist, "Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan, and jail," 14 July 2018 Latest Stories The attacks came hours before the arrest of disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 July 2018 The operation, thought to be the biggest drug bust this year for that office, also resulted in two arrests of Boston men on drug trafficking charges, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Bust nets $200,000 worth of illegal drugs, Middlesex DA says," 13 July 2018 Avenatti also called the arrest a setup and a sting operation. 7:30 a.m. Marilyn Icsman, Cincinnati.com, "Stormy Daniels: Her crazy 48 hours in Ohio," 13 July 2018 The report observed that such a move would bring tax benefits to the state, health benefits to some individuals and a reduction in arrests of minority residents, who are disproportionately affected by police enforcement of marijuana laws. New York Times, "Cuomo Moves Closer to Marijuana Legalization in New York," 13 July 2018 The arrest stems from a chain snatching incident at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas back in May, according to TMZ. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "YG Arrested in Las Vegas For Felony Robbery Charges: Report," 13 July 2018 Prosecutors plan to detail the arrests at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "One Lexus, 10 crashes, none real. Rogue adjusters in Miami scammed GEICO, police say," 10 July 2018 Moments into the video, the police officer draws his gun at the group of children who are protesting the arrest of their friend. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "El Paso cop pulls gun on group of children, arrests cameraman," 10 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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Phrases Related to arrest

evade capture/arrest

respiratory arrest

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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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