Definition of arrest in English:

arrest

Line breaks: ar¦rest
Pronunciation: /əˈrɛst
 
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verb

[with object]
1Seize (someone) by legal authority and take them into custody: the police arrested him for possession of marijuana two youths aged 16 were arrested they got arrested during a police raid
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  • Convicted in a U.S. court of drug possession and conspiracy, he appealed on the grounds that the United States did not have the authority to arrest him.
  • Given the factual circumstances, Mr Maguire's submission that the respondents acted unlawfully in arresting him for breach of the peace is not accepted.
  • This week, they impounded an east European ship, arresting its 22-man crew, 18 of whom were Russians.
Synonyms
apprehend, take into custody, seize, take in, take prisoner, detain, put in jail, throw in jail
informal pick up, run in, pull in, haul in, pinch, cop, bust, nab, nail, do, collar, feel someone's collar
British informal nick
1.1Seize and detain (a ship) by legal authority: they arrested a vessel with a ton of salmon on board
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  • Disappointed with the dilatory tactics of the cocoa firms, he even suggested sending a man-of-war to arrest a slave ship.
  • Without the signed Yacht Salvage Contract, the salvor is free to arrest your boat and file suit in federal court.
  • Nor has it commenced legal proceedings in England to secure its underlying claim by arresting a ship here or to enforce the arbitration award.
2Stop or check (progress or a process): the spread of the disease can be arrested
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  • This addresses only 50 per cent of the problem, it will arrest the disease process and possibly repair some damage.
  • As yet there is no proven means of arresting the disease's progress, let alone curing it.
  • Many natural and chemical agents have been employed with the aim of halting or blocking angiogenesis, in an attempt to arrest malignant growth, development and metastasis.
Synonyms
stop, halt, end, bring to a standstill, check, block, hinder, hamper, delay, hold up, hold back, restrict, limit, interrupt, prevent, obstruct, inhibit, impede, interfere with, thwart, baulk, curb, put a brake on, slow, slow down, retard, nip in the bud
literary stay
2.1 [no object] Suffer a heart attack: they were trying to resuscitate a patient who had arrested
3Attract the attention of (someone): the church’s stillness arrested her
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  • A sculpture put up in the middle of the hall arrests your attention as you enter.
  • The children performed skits during rush hours at the concourse of the eastern entry of the railway station arresting the attention of the travelling public and visitors.
  • There was a week left in the season, and football is arresting the city's attention in the way Richardson always wished it would.
Synonyms

noun

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1 [mass noun] The action of seizing someone and taking them into custody: I have a warrant for your arrest they placed her under arrest [count noun]: at least 69 arrests were made
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  • In Lindley the defendant had been taken into police custody upon arrest for disorderly behaviour.
  • These are separate categories, but it does not follow that in every case of unlawful arrest by a police officer exemplary damages are appropriate.
  • The internal report will provide valuable ammunition for the Hamiltons who have said they intend to sue Scotland Yard for unlawful arrest and detention.
Synonyms
detention, apprehension, seizure, capture, taking into custody
2A stoppage or sudden cessation of motion: a respiratory arrest
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  • The sudden arrest of his motion, the abrasion of one of his hands on the gravel, restored him, and he wept with delight.
  • I also cracked my skull and had cardiac and respiratory arrests.
  • The mum-of-two suffered a respiratory arrest three weeks ago from a chest infection.
Synonyms
stoppage, halt, interruption

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French arester, based on Latin ad- 'at, to' + restare 'remain, stop'.

Phrases

arrest of judgement

Law The suspension of proceedings in a criminal trial between the verdict and the sentence on the grounds of a material irregularity in the course of the trial.
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  • Probably the court had so much difficulty reaching a decision about the arrest of judgment because Curll's counsel could cite compelling precedent.
  • A spurious time-line emerges, according to which the guilty verdict, the motion for arrest of judgment, and the discussion of the motion all occurred in November 1725.
  • It may, in a proper case, lay the foundation of a motion for a new trial, but not in arrest of judgment.

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