What does arrest mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    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, stoppageverb

    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, copverb

    take into custody

    "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"

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

    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, getverb

    attract and fix

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

  6. halt, hold, arrestverb

    cause to stop

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


  1. arrestnoun

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

  2. arrestnoun

    The condition of being stopped, standstill.

  3. arrestnoun

    The act of arresting a criminal, suspect etc.

  4. arrestnoun

    A confinement, detention, as after an arrest.

  5. arrestnoun

    A device to physically arrest motion.

  6. arrestverb

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

  7. arrestverb

    To stay, remain.

  8. arrestverb

    To stop (a process, course etc.).

  9. arrestverb

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

  10. arrestverb

    To catch the attention of.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Arrestnoun

    Etymology: from arrester, Fr. to stop.

    If I could speak so wisely under an arrest, I would send for my creditors; yet I had as lief have the foppery of freedom, as the morality of imprisonment. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    To the rich man, who had promised himself ease for many years, it was a sad arrest, that his soul was surprised the first night. Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living.

    The stop and arrest of the air sheweth, that the air hath little appetite of ascending. Francis Bacon, Nat. History, №. 24.

  2. Arrestnoun

    In horsemanship. A mangey humour between the ham and pastern of the hinder legs of a horse. Dict.

  3. To ARRESTverb

    Etymology: arrester, Fr. to stop.

    Good tidings, my lord Hastings, for the which
    I do arrest thee, traitor, of high treason. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    Well, well; there’s one yonder arrested, and carried to prison, was worth five thousand of you all. William Shakespeare, Meas. for M.

    He hath enjoyed nothing of Ford’s but twenty pounds of money, which must be paid to master Brook; his horses are arrested for it. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    But when as Morpheus had with leaden maze
    Arrested all that goodly company. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    Age itself, which, of all things in the world, will not be baffled or defied, shall begin to arrest, seize, and remind us of our mortality. South.

    This defect of the English justice was the main impediment that did arrest and stop the course of the conquest. John Davies.

    As often as my dogs with better speed
    Arrest her flight, is she to death decreed. John Dryden, Fables.

    Nor could her virtues, nor repeated vows
    Of thousand lovers, the relentless hand
    Of death arrest. Philips.

    To manifest the coagulative power, we have arrested the fluidity of new milk, and turned it into a curdled substance. Boyle.


  1. Arrest

    An arrest is the act of apprehending and taking a person into custody (legal protection or control), usually because the person has been suspected of or observed committing a crime. After being taken into custody, the person can be questioned further and/or charged. An arrest is a procedure in a criminal justice system, sometimes it is also done after a court warrant for the arrest. Police and various other officers have powers of arrest. In some places, a citizen's arrest is permitted; for example in England and Wales, 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. Similar powers exist in France, Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland if a person is caught in an act of crime and not willing or able to produce valid ID. As a safeguard against the abuse of power, many countries require that an arrest must be made for a thoroughly justified reason, such as the requirement of probable cause in the United States. Furthermore, in most democracies, the time that a person can be detained in custody is relatively short (in most cases 24 hours in the United Kingdom and 24 or 48 hours in the United States and France) before the detained person must be either charged or released.


  1. arrest

    Arrest is the act carried out by law enforcement officers or legal authorities where an individual is taken into custody or detention, typically because they are suspected or accused of committing a crime. This process usually involves the restriction of the person's freedom and is followed by charges, legal questioning, or a criminal investigation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Arrestverb

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

  2. Arrestverb

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

  3. Arrestverb

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

  4. Arrestverb

    to rest or fasten; to fix; to concentrate

  5. Arrestverb

    to tarry; to rest

  6. Arrestverb

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

  7. Arrestverb

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

  8. Arrestverb

    any seizure by power, physical or moral

  9. Arrestverb

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

  10. Etymology: [OE. arest, arrest, OF. arest, F. arrt, fr. arester. See Arrest, v. t., Arrt.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Arrest

    ar-rest′, v.t. to stop: to seize: to catch the attention: to apprehend by legal authority.—n. stoppage: seizure by warrant.—adj. Arrest′able, liable to be arrested.—n. Arrestā′tion, the act of arresting: arrest.—adj. Arrest′ive, with a tendency to arrest.—n. Arrest′ment (law), detention of a person arrested till liberated on bail, or by security: (Scots law) the process which prohibits a debtor from making payment to his creditor until another debt due to the person making use of the arrestment by such creditor is paid. [O. Fr. arester—L. ad, to, restāre, to stand still.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. arrest

    The suspension of an officer's duty, and restraint of his person, previous to trying him by a court martial. Seamen in Her Majesty's service cannot be arrested for debts under twenty pounds, and that contracted before they entered the navy. Yet it is held in law, that this affords no exemption from arrests either in civil or criminal suits.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. arrest

    The temporary confinement of officers in barracks, quarters, or tents, pending trial by court-martial, or the consideration of their imputed offenses previous to deciding whether they shall or shall not be tried. (See Appendix, Articles of War, 65.) Private soldiers are usually placed under guard; by the custom of the service non-commissioned officers may be simply placed in arrest in quarters.

  2. arrest

    (Old Fr., now arret). A French phrase, similar in its import to the Latin word retinaculum; it consisted of a small piece of steel or iron, which was formerly used in the construction of fire-arms, to prevent the piece from going off. A familiar phrase among military men in France is, Ce pistolet est en arret, “this pistol is in arrest or is stopped.”

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  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

Anagrams for arrest »

  1. rarest

  2. raster

  3. raters

  4. starer

  5. astrer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of arrest in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of arrest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of arrest in a Sentence

  1. Brad Adams:

    Extending the emergency will allow Thai authorities to continue to repress contrary views, arrest critics, and ban peaceful rallies for political and not public health reasons.

  2. Zak Evans ':

    Police Chief Heath Landry said. Zak Evans ' said Zak Evans ' was mad, but it was only because Zak Evans ' was worried about Zak Evans ' wife and baby. Cabrini Hospital intervened in the father’s arrest, however ; a doctor called and said there might be issues with the pregnancy. Officers wrote Zak Evans ' a ticket for speeding, flight from an officer and careless operation. Creola Police dropped off Evans in the hospital parking lot, but he missed the birth of Zak Evans ', Zak Evans ', who came in at 4 pounds, 4 ounces. Police Chief Heath Landry said the arrest was a public safety issue, but the Evanses said Creola Police still are unhappy about the incident. But, the family is choosing to look at the bright side : Zak Evans ' is going to be OK. She's alive, thanks to the Cabrini team. She's alive.

  3. Kendall Coffey:

    The lead investigator, the person on the scene, the person that normally law enforcement would say is in the best position to there is prospect in arrest, he apparently was effectively overruled by people sitting back at the office. It does happen, but it certainly raises a lot of questions.”

  4. John Elder:

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Minnesota, all tips are anonymous and anyone providing information leading to an arrest and conviction is eligible for a financial award.

  5. Guy Philippe:

    I will come to Port-au-Prince and I will come in good shape. I will retaliate if necessary. If they try to arrest me I will retaliate, because it is illegal.

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  • تَوقيف, اعتقل, اعتقالArabic
  • приковавам, задържане, арест, хващам, арестуване, аретир, спиране, арестувам, успокоител, спирам, задържамBulgarian
  • arrestCatalan, Valencian
  • zatknout, zadržet, zatčeníCzech
  • arestioWelsh
  • arrestere, bremse, anholde, standse, pågribe, stoppeDanish
  • Verhaftung, Festnahme, verhaften, festnehmen, arretieren, ArrestGerman
  • συλλαμβάνω, σύλληψηGreek
  • arestoEsperanto
  • parar, paro, arresto, detener, detenidoSpanish
  • دستگیر کردن, توقیف, دستگیریPersian
  • vangita, pysähtyminen, pidättäminen, pysähdys, pidätys, pysäyttää, pidättää, pysäyttäminen, esteFinnish
  • arrestation, arrêterFrench
  • coisc, gabhIrish
  • letartóztat, elfog, megállítHungarian
  • ձերբակալել, կալանք, ձերբակալությունArmenian
  • arrestareItalian
  • 検挙, 逮捕する, 捕えるJapanese
  • დაყოვნება, დაპატიმრება, დატუსაღება, შეჩერებაGeorgian
  • urutūMāori
  • хүлээлгэхMongolian
  • arrest, grijpen, vatten, aanhouden, stoppen, arresteren, in hechtenis nemen, oppakken, stilstand, arrestatie, stuiten, aanhoudingDutch
  • areszt, aresztować, powstrzymać, przykuć, aresztowaniePolish
  • deter, prisão, parar, prenderPortuguese
  • arestare, opri, arest, aresta, deține, deținereRomanian
  • арестовать, арест, арестовыватьRussian
  • uhićenjeSerbo-Croatian
  • stoppa, bromsa, fånga, gripaSwedish
  • nasaSwahili
  • จับตัว, ยั้ง, จับได้Thai
  • tevkif etmek, tutuklamaTurkish
  • گرفتاریUrdu

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