ar·​rest·​ing | \ ə-ˈres-tiŋ How to pronounce arresting (audio) \

Definition of arresting

: catching the attention : striking, impressive an arresting image

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from arresting

arrestingly \ -​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce arrestingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of arresting in a Sentence

an arresting film about tribal traditions in Africa at seven feet tall, he's an arresting figure in any crowd

Recent Examples on the Web

Thank you Bryan, Tatiana and the whole cast for a riveting and arresting night of great theater. Ale Russian,, "Bryan Cranston Wins His Second Tony Award: 'Finally, a Straight Old White Man Gets a Break!'," 9 June 2019 The arresting officers Tuesday did not make the connection between Jacobson and Lopez, Ramacher said, adding that Lopez retired a few years after his wife was killed, so many current staff at the sheriff’s office don’t know him. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Drunken driver who killed deputy’s wife in 2008 charged with second DWI in 3 weeks," 20 June 2019 The arresting officer is believed to be a close family friend of the Entrekins. Ivana Hrynkiw |,, "Trenton Garmon denies wrongdoing in arrest, says he uses medical marijuana," 12 June 2019 Police arrested Duran, who showed sudden mood swings by apologizing for the situation and then lashing out at the arresting officers, arrest documents say. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Man accused of stealing car with 5-year-old child inside at Sky Harbor Airport," 10 June 2019 Stanfield, 26, has become one of the most arresting, unpredictable, and in-demand actors in Hollywood. Washington Post, "Lakeith Stanfield: An actor at home in the surreal," 3 July 2018 Acer While gamers will obviously be interested in what’s inside the Predator Triton 900, its most arresting feature can be found on the outside. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Acer's swivel-display Predator Triton 900 will include Nvidia's mobile RTX graphics," 6 Jan. 2019 Their hard stares provide the most arresting images of the film. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need To Know Before Watching "They Shall Not Grow Old"," 28 Dec. 2018 Down His Favorite Instagram Follows Dana Scruggs Dana Scruggs is the genius behind some of the most arresting photo shoots in recent memory, from Chromat's Spring 2018 campaign to Young Paris's feature in CR Fashion Book. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Black Fashion Photographers to Follow on Instagram," 7 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'arresting.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of arresting

1792, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about arresting

Statistics for arresting

Last Updated

12 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for arresting

The first known use of arresting was in 1792

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on arresting

What made you want to look up arresting? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to form ideas or theories about something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!