[ uh-rest ]
/ əˈrɛst /
verb (used with object)
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
ar·rest·a·ble, adjectivear·rest·ment, nounpost·ar·rest, adjectivepre·ar·rest, verb (used with object)
pre·ar·rest·ment, nounre·ar·rest, verb (used with object), nounun·ar·rest·a·ble, adjectiveun·ar·rest·ed, adjective
3. See stop.
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Examples from the Web for arrestable
Burgh customs still stand in the peculiar position of being neither adjudgeable nor arrestable; they are therefore bad security.
The dead was arrestable: a law afterwards set aside, “for death dissolved all things.”Legal Lore|Various
British Dictionary definitions for arrestable (1 of 2)
/ (əˈrɛstəbəl) /
liable to be arrested
(of an offence) such that an offender may be arrested without a warrant
British Dictionary definitions for arrestable (2 of 2)
/ (əˈrɛst) /
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 for arrest
C14: from Old French arester, from Vulgar Latin arrestāre (unattested), from Latin ad at, to + restāre to stand firm, stop
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Medicine definitions for arrestable
[ ə-rĕst′ ]
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.
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Idioms and Phrases with arrestable
see under arrest.
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