Thesaurus

arresting

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of arresting

(Entry 1 of 2)

arresting

verb
present participle of arrest

Synonyms & Antonyms of arresting (Entry 2 of 2)

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 for arresting

Words Related to arresting

Near Antonyms for arresting

Antonyms for arresting

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 for arresting

Words Related to arresting

See the Dictionary Definition 

Learn More About arresting

Time Traveler for arresting

Time Traveler

The first known use of arresting was in 1792

See more words from the same year

Thesaurus Entries Near arresting

arrestees

arresting

arrestment

See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Arresting.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/arresting. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on arresting

Nglish: Translation of arresting for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of arresting for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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