Verb arrest Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


arrest (third-person singular simple present arrests, present participle arresting, simple past and past participle arrested)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To stop the motion of (a person or animal).
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To stay, remain.
  3. (transitive) To stop or slow (a process, course etc.).
  4. (transitive) To seize (someone) with the authority of the law; to take into legal custody.
  5. (transitive) To catch the attention of.

More definition: seize (a person) by legal authority or warrant; take into custody, The police arrested the burglar. catch and hold; attract and fix; engage, The loud noise arrested our attention. check the course of; stop; slow down, to arrest progress.

4.Medicine/Medical. to control or stop the active progress of (a disease), The new drug did not arrest the cancer.

5.the taking of a person into legal custody, as by officers of the law.

6.any seizure or taking by force. act of stopping or the state of being stopped, the arrest of tooth decay.

8.Machinery. any device for stopping machinery; stop.

9.under arrest, in custody of the police or other legal authorities, They placed the suspect under arrest at the scene of the crime.

1. to deprive (a person) of liberty by taking him into custody, esp under lawful authority

2. to seize (a ship) under lawful authority

3. to slow or stop the development or progress of (a disease, growth, etc)

4. to catch and hold (one's attention, sight, etc)

5. (law) arrest judgment, to stay proceedings after a verdict, on the grounds of error or possible error

6. (informal) can't get arrested, (of a performer) is unrecognized and unsuccessful, he can't get arrested here but is a megastar in the States noun

7. the act of taking a person into custody, esp under lawful authority

8. the act of seizing and holding a ship under lawful authority

9. 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 something1
1. the stopping or sudden cessation of motion of something, a cardiac arrest Word OriginC14, from Old French arester, from Vulgar Latin arrestāre (unattested), from Latin ad at, to + restāre to stand firm, stopCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
"to cause to stop," also "to detain legally," late 14c., from Old French arester "to stay, stop" (Modern French arrêter), from Vulgar Latin *arrestare (source of Italian arrestare, Spanish and Portuguese arrestar), from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + restare "to stop, remain behind, stay back" (see rest (n.2)). Figurative sense of "to catch and hold" (the attention, etc.) is from 181

late 14c., from Anglo-French arest, Old French areste, from arester (see arrest (v.)).
see, under arrest The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source


Two weeks was hardly long enough for the media to forget the arrest of a prominent doctor's son for selling drugs.

In the week before his arrest, her attention had shifted to her siblings, Nick and Angela.

We knew some of our tips never came to fruition simply because authorities lacked the probable cause to arrest the perpetrator.

He was out on parole from an arrest in Missouri.

The best I can figure, he never left California before his arrest so that's where I'm concentration.

Then some of his friends at the funeral said they thought it was that sheriff guy Fitzgerald who planted it so he could arrest Billy and look good for the election.

Let 'em arrest me if they think they have a case but I'm not making any schedule to accommodate some jerk's whim to play TV cop.

Why did you come here—to arrest me too?

On the 13th of October 1307 came the arrest of all the Knights Templar in France, the breaking of a storm conjured up by royal jealousy and greed.

On the 31st the warrant of arrest was signed and executed, and on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of April the trial took place before the Revolutionary Tribunal.

The crime of murder being the most dreadful crime of all, tremendous excitement prevailed in the Emerald City when the news of Eureka's arrest and trial became known.

He may keep me on duty every day, or may place me under arrest, but no one can make me apologize, because if he, as commander of this regiment, thinks it beneath his dignity to give me satisfaction, then...

And how did they arrest you, dear lad?

Any guard might arrest him, but by strange chance no one does so and all rapturously greet the man they cursed the day before and will curse again a month later.

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