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arrest

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of arrest

  1. 1 the act of taking into one's control by authority of law there have been only two arrests for driving while intoxicated in the county in the last six months Synonyms of arrest apprehension, arrestment, bust [slang], collar, pinch Words Related to arrest raid; house arrest; capture, entrapment, seizure; captivity, confinement, detention, enchainment, hold, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration, restraint; rearrest; remand Near Antonyms of arrest emancipation, liberation, release Antonyms of arrest discharge

  2. 2 the stopping of a process or activity “hemostasis” is the technical term for arrest of bleeding Synonyms of arrest end, arrestment, cease, cessation, check, close, closedown, closure, conclusion, cutoff, discontinuance, discontinuation, ending, expiration, finish, halt, lapse, offset, shutdown, shutoff, stay, stop, stoppage, surcease, terminationWords Related to arrest mop-up, phaseout; abeyance, break, interruption, layoff, letup, moratorium, pause, standstill, suspensionNear Antonyms of arrest extension, persistence, prolongationAntonyms of arrest continuance, continuation


arrest

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of arrest

  1. 1 to take or keep under one's control by authority of law the inept robber was promptly arrested by the off-duty policeman he had tried to hold up Synonyms of arrest apprehend, bust [slang], collar, nab, nail, nick [British slang], pick up, pinch, pull in, restrain, run in, seize Words Related to arrest bag, capture, catch, get, grab, grapple, hook, land, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap; commit, confine, detain, hold, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, jug, lock (up); bind, enchain, fetter, handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; rearrest; remand Near Antonyms of arrest emancipate, free, liberate, loose, loosen, release, spring; unbind, unchain Antonyms of arrest discharge

  2. 2 to bring (something) to a standstill cryogenics is based on the idea that extreme cold can almost arrest molecular motion Synonyms of arrest halt, bring up, catch, check, draw up, fetch up, hold up, pull up, stall, stay, still, stopWords Related to arrest baffle, balk, block, blockade, bottleneck, clog, dam, detain, hinder, hold, hold back, impede, obstruct, snag, stem; conclude, cut off, end, terminate; call, discontinue, suspend; choke off, rein (in), repress, squash, squelch, stanch (or staunch), stunt, suppress, turn backNear Antonyms of arrest carry on, continue, follow through (with), keep (on), keep up, persist, run on; advance, fare, go along, march, move, proceed, progress, wend; actuate, budge, drive, goad, impel, propel, push, spur, stir

  3. 3 to hold the attention of as if by a spell the sight of the daredevil walking a tightrope between high-rises arrested area pedestrians and motorists alike Synonyms of arrest enthrall, bedazzle, catch up, enchant, fascinate, grip, hypnotize, mesmerize, spellbindWords Related to arrest enrapture, entrance, thrill; beguile, bewitch, charm; absorb, engage, engross, involve



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