Definitions for Arrestəˈrɛst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ar•rest*əˈrɛst(v.t.)

  1. to seize (a person) by legal authority; take into custody.

    Category: Law

  2. to catch and hold; engage:

    A noise arrested our attention.

  3. to check the course of; stop:

    to arrest a disease.

  4. (n.)the taking of a person into legal custody, as by the police.

    Category: Law

  5. any seizure or taking by force.

  6. an act of stopping or the state of being stopped.

Idioms for arrest:

  1. under arrest,in custody of the police or other legal authorities.

    Category: Law, Idiom

* Syn: See stop.

Origin of arrest:

1275–1325; ME aresten < AF, MF arester < VL *arrestāre to stop (see ar -, rest2)

ar•rest′ment(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody(noun)

    the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

    "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"

  2. arrest, check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage(verb)

    the state of inactivity following an interruption

    "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. collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab, cop(verb)

    take into custody

    "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"

  4. check, turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold back(verb)

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

    "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in South East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"

  5. catch, arrest, get(verb)

    attract and fix

    "His look caught her"; "She caught his eye"; "Catch the attention of the waiter"

  6. halt, hold, arrest(verb)

    cause to stop

    "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. arrest(verb)əˈrɛst

    (of police) to take sb to a police station for having committed a crime

    They arrested him for the murder.; He was arrested on charges of theft.

  2. arrestəˈrɛst

    to stop a process

    drugs that arrest development of the cancer cells

  3. arrest(noun)əˈrɛst

    the action of arresting sb

    Police have made an arrest.

  4. arrestəˈrɛst

    being kept in jail

    Three men are under arrest for the crime.

Wiktionary

  1. arrest(Noun)

    A check, stop, an act or instance of arresting something.

  2. arrest(Noun)

    The condition of being stopped, standstill.

  3. arrest(Noun)

    The act of arresting a criminal, suspect etc.

  4. arrest(Noun)

    A confinement, detention, as after an arrest.

  5. arrest(Noun)

    A device to physically arrest motion.

  6. arrest(Verb)

    To stop the motion of (a person or animal).

  7. arrest(Verb)

    To stay, remain.

  8. arrest(Verb)

    To stop (a process, course etc.).

  9. arrest(Verb)

    To seize (someone) with the authority of the law; to take into legal custody.

  10. arrest(Verb)

    To catch the attention of.

  11. Origin: From arester, from *, from ad- + restare, from re- + stare, from steh₂-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Arrest(verb)

    to stop; to check or hinder the motion or action of; as, to arrest the current of a river; to arrest the senses

  2. Arrest(verb)

    to take, seize, or apprehend by authority of law; as, to arrest one for debt, or for a crime

  3. Arrest(verb)

    to seize on and fix; to hold; to catch; as, to arrest the eyes or attention

  4. Arrest(verb)

    to rest or fasten; to fix; to concentrate

  5. Arrest(verb)

    to tarry; to rest

  6. Arrest(verb)

    the act of stopping, or restraining from further motion, etc.; stoppage; hindrance; restraint; as, an arrest of development

  7. Arrest(verb)

    the taking or apprehending of a person by authority of law; legal restraint; custody. Also, a decree, mandate, or warrant

  8. Arrest(verb)

    any seizure by power, physical or moral

  9. Arrest(verb)

    a scurfiness of the back part of the hind leg of a horse; -- also named rat-tails

Freebase

  1. Arrest

    An arrest is the act of depriving a person of his or her liberty usually in relation to the purported investigation or prevention of crime and presenting to a procedure as part of the criminal justice system. The term is Anglo-Norman in origin and is related to the French word arrêt, meaning "stop". Arrest, when used in its ordinary and natural sense, means the apprehension of a person or the deprivation of a person's liberty. The question whether the person is under arrest or not depends not on the legality of the arrest, but on whether the person has been deprived of personal liberty of movement. When used in the legal sense in the procedure connected with criminal offences, an arrest consists in the taking into custody of another person under authority empowered by law, to be held or detained to answer a criminal charge or to prevent the commission of a criminal or further offence. The essential elements to constitute an arrest in the above sense are that there must be an intent to arrest under the authority, accompanied by a seizure or detention of the person in the manner known to law, which is so understood by the person arrested Police and various other bodies have powers of arrest. In some places, the power is more general; for example in England and Wales—with the notable exception of the Monarch, the head of state—any person can arrest "anyone whom he has reasonable grounds for suspecting to be committing, have committed or be guilty of committing an indictable offence", although certain conditions must be met before taking such action.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Arrest' in Nouns Frequency: #1721

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Arrest' in Verbs Frequency: #458


Translations for Arrest

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

arrest(noun)

the act of arresting; being arrested

The police made several arrests; He was questioned after his arrest.

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