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-.

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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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

Anagrams for arrest »

  1. starer

  2. raster

  3. raters

  4. rarest

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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. Ali Carter:

    I'm chief of staff to Andre Dickens, oK, well you still have a warrant for your arrest.

  2. French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira:

    Julian Assange is not in a situation of immediate danger. Julian Assange is also under a European arrest warrant.

  3. Michael Ratner:

    Even were the Swedish case to be disposed of, the U.K. would arrest Assange upon leaving the embassy for claimed violations of bail conditions or something similar.

  4. Kevin McCarthy:

    If you are a Capitol police officer you got orders … if a vaccinated staffer comes across in the House side without a mask you're ordered to arrest them, but not on the Senate side, this is not the America we know.

  5. Collin Anderson:

    We see instances in which people ... are targeted prior to their arrest, we see a continuous alignment across these actions.

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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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    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
    • A. victimised
    • B. transparent
    • C. greedy
    • D. disjointed

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