- to seize (a person) by legal authority or warrant; take into custody: The police arrested the burglar.
- to catch and hold; attract and fix; engage: The loud noise arrested our attention.
- to check the course of; stop; slow down: to arrest progress.
- Medicine/Medical. to control or stop the active progress of (a disease): The new drug did not arrest the cancer.
- the taking of a person into legal custody, as by officers of the law.
- any seizure or taking by force.
- an act of stopping or the state of being stopped: the arrest of tooth decay.
- Machinery. any device for stopping machinery; stop.
- under arrest, in custody of the police or other legal authorities: They placed the suspect under arrest at the scene of the crime.
Origin of arrest
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Examples from the Web for arrest
Sullivan has by then moved in to help and he seeks to complete the arrest of the first man.
Those with a slightly sleazier bent have dredged up reports of his weight gain, substance abuse, and arrest.D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’ Was Worth Waiting 15 Years For
December 16, 2014
Still images of each will be released today and a reward will be posted for information leading to their arrest.
Chan still felt that a line had been crossed and he went to arrest the man.
He went so far as to throw an “Activation Party” in their honor just weeks before his September arrest.The Father Who Made His Kids Have Sex With a Dog
John L. Smith
December 16, 2014
From the moment of their arrest, the examination proceeded with great rapidity.
If I see them look at each other, I'll put them both in arrest.
If you bring this home to Mr. Mortimer you will punish him, arrest him?
They may arrest me as a felon—at any rate I shall be forced to leave the bank and go away.
If I could only arrest those wonderful heat- and light-giving sparks!Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
- to deprive (a person) of liberty by taking him into custody, esp under lawful authority
- to seize (a ship) under lawful authority
- to slow or stop the development or progress of (a disease, growth, etc)
- to catch and hold (one's attention, sight, etc)
- arrest judgment law to stay proceedings after a verdict, on the grounds of error or possible error
- can't get arrested informal (of a performer) is unrecognized and unsuccessfulhe can't get arrested here but is a megastar in the States
- the act of taking a person into custody, esp under lawful authority
- the act of seizing and holding a ship under lawful authority
- the state of being held, esp under lawful authorityunder arrest
- Also called: arrestation (ˌærɛsˈteɪʃən) the slowing or stopping of the development or progress of something
- the stopping or sudden cessation of motion of somethinga cardiac arrest
Word Origin and History for arrest
"to cause to stop," also "to detain legally," late 14c., from Old French arester "to stay, stop" (Modern French arrêter), from Vulgar Latin *arrestare (source of Italian arrestare, Spanish and Portuguese arrestar), from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + restare "to stop, remain behind, stay back" (see rest (n.2)). Figurative sense of "to catch and hold" (the attention, etc.) is from 1814.
late 14c., from Anglo-French arest, Old French areste, from arester (see arrest (v.)).
- To stop; check.
- To undergo cardiac arrest.
- An interference with or a checking of the regular course of a disease or symptom, a stoppage.
- Interference with the performance of a function.
- The inhibition of a developmental process, usually the ultimate stage of development.
Idioms and Phrases with arrest
see under arrest.