[ uh-rest ]
/ əˈrɛst /

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. arrear,
  2. arrearage,
  3. arrears,
  4. arrector,
  5. arrenotoky,
  6. arrest of judgment,
  7. arrestable,
  8. arrestant,
  9. arrested,
  10. arrestee


    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

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 arrestment


/ (əˈrɛstmənt) /


Scots law the seizure of money or property to prevent a debtor paying one creditor in advance of another


/ (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 arrestment
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Medicine definitions for arrestment


[ 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 arrestment


see under arrest.

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