Definition of Arrest in English :

Define Arrest in English

Arrest meaning in English

Meaning of Arrest in English

Pronunciation of Arrest in English

Arrest pronunciation in English

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1. apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody

the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

Example Sentences:
'the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar'

2. arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage

the state of inactivity following an interruption

Example Sentences:
'the negotiations were in arrest'
'held them in check'
'during the halt he got some lunch'
'the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow'
'he spent the entire stop in his seat'


3. apprehend, arrest, collar, cop, nab, nail, pick up

take into custody

Example Sentences:
'the police nabbed the suspected criminals'

4. arrest, check, contain, hold back, stop, turn back

hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of

Example Sentences:
'Arrest the downward trend'
'Check the growth of communism in South East Asia'
'Contain the rebel movement'
'Turn back the tide of communism'

5. arrest, catch, get

attract and fix

Example Sentences:
'His look caught her'
'She caught his eye'
'Catch the attention of the waiter'

6. arrest, halt, hold

cause to stop

Example Sentences:
'Halt the engines'
'Arrest the progress'
'halt the presses'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verb (transitive)
to deprive (a person) of liberty by taking him or her 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)
5.  arrest judgment
6.  can't get arrested
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 authority
under arrest
10. Also called: arrestation (ˌærɛsˈteɪʃən )
the slowing or stopping of the development or progress of something
the stopping or sudden cessation of motion of something
a cardiac arrest

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verb transitive
to stop or check the motion, course, or spread of
to seize or take into custody by authority of the law
to catch and keep (one's attention, sight, etc.)
an arresting or being arrested; esp., a taking or being taken into custody by authority of the law
a thing for checking motion

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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v. ar·rest·ed, ar·rest·ing, ar·rests
1. To stop; check: a brake that automatically arrests motion; arrested the growth of the tumor.
2. To seize and hold under the authority of law.
3. To capture and hold briefly (the attention, for example); engage.
To undergo cardiac arrest: The patient arrested en route to the hospital.
a. The act of detaining in legal custody: the arrest of a criminal suspect.
b. The state of being so detained: a suspect under arrest.
2. A device for stopping motion, especially of a moving part.
3. The act of stopping or the condition of being stopped.

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