[ uh-res-ting ]
/ əˈrɛs tɪŋ /


attracting or capable of attracting attention or interest; striking: an arresting smile.
making or having made an arrest: the arresting officer.

Nearby words

  1. arrestable,
  2. arrestant,
  3. arrested,
  4. arrestee,
  5. arrester,
  6. arresting gear,
  7. arrestive,
  8. arrestment,
  9. arretine,
  10. arretine ware

Origin of arresting

Related formsar·rest·ing·ly, adverbnon·ar·rest·ing, adjectiveun·ar·rest·ing, adjective


[ uh-rest ]
/ əˈrɛst /

verb (used with object)


Origin of arrest

1275–1325; (v.) Middle English aresten < Anglo-French, Middle French arester, < Vulgar Latin *arrestāre to stop (see ar-, rest2); (noun) Middle English arest(e) < Anglo-French, Old French, noun derivative of v.

Related forms

Synonym study

3. See stop. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for arresting


/ (əˈrɛstɪŋ) /


attracting attention; striking
Derived Formsarrestingly, adverb


/ (əˈrɛst) /

verb (tr)


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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Word Origin and History for arresting
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Medicine definitions for arresting


[ 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 arresting


see under arrest.

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