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arrest

verb ar·rest \ ə-ˈrest \

Definition of arrest

transitive verb
1 :seize, capture; specifically :to take or keep in custody by authority of law
  • Police arrested the suspect.
2 a :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

arrester

or less commonly arrestor play \-ˈres-tər\ noun

arrestment

play \-ˈres(t)-mənt\ noun

Examples of arrest in a Sentence

  1. The police arrested him on drug charges.

  2. The police officer said, “I'm arresting you in the name of the law.”

  3. The drugs can't arrest the disease's progress, but they can slow it down considerably.

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Origin and Etymology of arrest

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

noun

Definition of arrest

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

Examples of arrest in a Sentence

  1. The police are investigating the case but they have not yet made any arrests.

  2. She was charged with resisting arrest.

  3. The information has led to the arrest of three suspects.

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Origin and Etymology of arrest



ARREST Defined for English Language Learners

arrest

verb

Definition of arrest for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of arrest for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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arrest

verb ar·rest \ ə-ˈrest \

Definition of arrest for Students

arrested; arresting
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

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arrest

noun

Definition of arrest for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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arrest

transitive verb ar·rest \ ə-ˈrest \

medical Definition of arrest

: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

arrestment

noun

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arrest

noun

medical Definition of arrest

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

Law Dictionary

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arrest

noun ar·rest \ ə-ˈrest \

legal Definition of arrest

: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 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

Origin and Etymology of arrest

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


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arrest

transitive verb

legal Definition of arrest

:to place under arrest

arrester

also arrestor noun


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