- attracting or capable of attracting attention or interest; striking: an arresting smile.
- making or having made an arrest: the arresting officer.
Origin of arresting
- 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 arresting
The arresting officer identified him a “black” on the paperwork.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
Brown himself spent years arresting sex workers when, as Forman relays, “what [he] really wanted to do [was] help them.”To Catch a Sex Worker: A&E’s Awful, Exploitative Ambush Show
December 19, 2014
Federal officials spent Wednesday arresting members of the Boyle Heights-based street gang which has strong ties to La Eme.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs
December 11, 2014
The Bees Laline Paull (Ecco) This arresting debut novel is a daring dystopian story set in a beehive.The Best Fiction of 2014: Ford, Ferrante, Klay, and More
December 7, 2014
Even good, arresting visual art is transformed by its context.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art
December 6, 2014
Shall we pray for a second Joshua, arresting the sun, pending deliberation?The Bacillus of Beauty
I put a finger to my lips, and gave her a look by which I succeeded in arresting her.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Right in front of our eyes he was arresting Alex and signing our death warrants.Arm of the Law
I told you Naarboveck was out of reach as far as arresting him goes.A Nest of Spies
“Wait,” said the Doctor, more gravely, arresting the movement with his index finger.Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
- attracting attention; striking
- 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 arresting
early 15c., "action of stopping" someone or something, verbal noun from arrest (v.).
"striking, that captures the imagination," 1792, present participle adjective from arrest (v.).
"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 arresting
see under arrest.