Definition of arrest in English:

arrest

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’
    • ‘Likewise, state police are not permitted to arrest or detain solely for the purpose of asking questions.’
    • ‘Six Buddhist monks have been arrested after villagers complained about rowdy parties at the local temple.’
    • ‘The Offences Against the State Act, introduced in June 1939, allowed for the creation of special courts and increasing police powers to search, arrest, and detain.’
    • ‘Last summer a suspected Al Qaeda terrorist cell was arrested in North Africa.’
    • ‘The six men and one woman arrested yesterday were detained at one of two addresses raided in the Brighton area.’
    • ‘Thousands were believed to have been arrested and sent to jail for a variety of crimes.’
    • ‘The eight-man crew was arrested by Spanish customs and are now in custody.’
    • ‘He had then been arrested and detained without trial and he fled into exile.’
    • ‘The Terrorism Act extended the powers of the police to investigate, arrest and detain.’
    • ‘Third, if police insist on arresting or detaining you, let them know that you wish to contact your lawyer and do so immediately.’
    • ‘Given the factual circumstances, Mr Maguire's submission that the respondents acted unlawfully in arresting him for breach of the peace is not accepted.’
    • ‘The four were arrested and detained and it became clear that three had entered the country illegally.’
    • ‘Chinese law stipulates that a drug user who is arrested must be detained for 15 days.’
    • ‘The judge said the five-year-long undercover operation went on long after police had the necessary evidence to arrest some of those eventually detained.’
    • ‘Inspectors were also empowered to detain or arrest commuters, and to demand a third person or employer's details if they had reason to believe they had been given a false name or address.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This week, they impounded an east European ship, arresting its 22-man crew, 18 of whom were Russians.’
    • ‘Mr Ashcroft said 352 people have been arrested or detained in the investigation.’
    • ‘Their task will be tackling anti-social behaviour and nuisance crime and eventually will have the power to detain, but not arrest, the public for up to 30 minutes.’
    • ‘As a private security guard, he had no authority to arrest or detain the pair.’
    apprehend, take into custody, seize, take in, take prisoner, detain, put in jail, throw in jail
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    1. 1.1 Seize and detain (a ship) by legal authority.
      ‘they arrested a vessel with a ton of salmon on board’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By May 2000 the crews decided their best solution was to formally arrest the ships.’
      • ‘However, in May 2000, the crews decided to formally arrest the ships - which was legitimate under maritime law, given they had received no wages for nine months.’
      • ‘Nor has it commenced legal proceedings in England to secure its underlying claim by arresting a ship here or to enforce the arbitration award.’
      • ‘Customary law probably does allow the coastal state to arrest ships engaged in illegal pollution or dumping in the territorial sea, however.’
      • ‘For example, if a fine on a foreign ship is not paid, Canadian authorities will be able to arrest a sister ship (owned by the same owner) to satisfy the fine.’
      • ‘Although the Government believes it has powers to arrest any vessels in breach of this rule, it is understood that no boats will be detained until the current legal impasse has been resolved.’
      • ‘Good to see that Australia has succeeded after a long chase in arresting another ship poaching in its fisheries.’
      • ‘If that is so, then the Government must order the Naval Service to arrest Spanish boats beyond the permitted number which enter the Box after January 1.’
  • 2Stop or check (progress or a process)

    ‘the spread of the disease can be arrested’
    • ‘Mercury's effectiveness in arresting the progress of syphilis is debatable, but clearly it had terrible side effects.’
    • ‘What we have seen in various states is little more than the confirmation of old maxims about how and why governments grow and what, if anything, can be done to arrest that growth.’
    • ‘There is an indication that when she was young her growth was arrested because of a childhood disease such as measles.’
    • ‘This addresses only 50 per cent of the problem, it will arrest the disease process and possibly repair some damage.’
    • ‘The number of volunteers has steadily fallen over the past few months and bosses feel the time has come to arrest the slide.’
    • ‘A decade ago, a concerted international effort might have arrested its growth.’
    • ‘The decline in the rate of growth of money, which slows down or arrests the diversion of real resources, manifests through falls in the rate of growth of various economic indicators.’
    • ‘Hodge converted on each occasion, only to see Llanelli arrest their slide with a touchdown from Neil Boobyer.’
    • ‘As yet there is no proven means of arresting the disease's progress, let alone curing it.’
    • ‘The finding could help scientists develop drugs and other treatments that might one day slow or arrest the disease's progression.’
    • ‘But his efforts failed to arrest the progress of a Folkton & Flixton side who maintained their pole position with a three wicket win.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yoga can arrest the progression of the disease, if it cannot reverse it.’
    • ‘Pass laws proved incapable of arresting the process and were less vigorously enforced; by 1986 some of the major influx control regulations were rescinded.’
    • ‘I will do whatever I have to do to arrest the progress of it.’
    • ‘The rest appears as heat, which, above a certain temperature, risks killing the yeast and therefore arresting the fermentation process.’
    • ‘But that hasn't been enough to arrest a slide in profits.’
    • ‘Failure to arrest the process during heat exhaustion could lead to the more deadly condition of heatstroke.’
    • ‘It is absolutely essential that something is done to arrest the mass closure of post offices across London.’
    • ‘Erin tried to arrest his downward progress but the plunging stream carried him bumping along.’
    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
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    1. 2.1no 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’
    • ‘Chunhyang is never anything less than stunning, with vibrant colors and dynamic compositions consistently arresting our attention.’
    • ‘Shouting arrests her attention, taking her away from her inner pain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It works precisely because it has no illusions about what it is or the audience whose attention it's trying to arrest.’
    • ‘Although William Beckford wrote a Gothick romance as reckless and immoderate as himself, his life of epic prodigality would arrest attention had he not written a single line.’
    • ‘The sound of footsteps climbing the stairs arrests Daphne's attention.’
    • ‘It is a one-stop stall from Karnataka that arrests your attention with a range of exquisite handicrafts and silks at the on-going All India Crafts Mela at Shilparamam.’
    • ‘I've never gone to a convention and not found some piece of news to arrest our attention.’
    • ‘His attention was arrested by a young lady who, standing at an angle not far from him, was the last to whom his eyes travelled.’
    • ‘A sculpture put up in the middle of the hall arrests your attention as you enter.’
    • ‘There was a week left in the season, and football is arresting the city's attention in the way Richardson always wished it would.’
    • ‘But those products that would arrest one's attention are wooden carvings from Srikalahasti.’
    • ‘The film arrests our attention in the same way that a wreck does.’
    • ‘There was a shredder on the page with them that kept arresting Rowena's attention; it seemed comparable to the old shredder, and was not very expensive.’
    • ‘Like any stunning structure from the past, like the Parthenon or the Pyramids, they grab attention and arrest the imagination of people from all over.’
    • ‘It was the double colon that arrested my attention as I scanned over the Age's website.’
    • ‘In a millisecond, these sheets of visuals arrest your attention.’
    • ‘While The Little Vampire can likely boast the ability to arrest the attention of kids, the same claim can't be made where adults are concerned.’
    • ‘The value of the proverb in arresting readers' attention has been fully realised by newspaper editors; widespread and common proverbs are frequently used, particularly for headlines.’
    • ‘Li isn't as fluid or captivating as Jackie Chan, but his skills still arrest the attention.’
    attract, capture, catch, catch hold of, hold, grip, engage
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noun

  • 1mass 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’
    • ‘The appellant was not under arrest or detention at the time the question was asked.’
    • ‘The plaintiff began proceedings against the Chief Constable claiming damages for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.’
    • ‘In Lindley the defendant had been taken into police custody upon arrest for disorderly behaviour.’
    • ‘The appellant's arrest and police interview in 1998 are considered below in the context of the evidence relating to Harry.’
    • ‘When he emerged from the house, Constable Dimatulac placed Mr. Lloyd under arrest for being unlawfully in a dwelling house and for uttering threats.’
    • ‘In any event, this case is itself an example of a requirement of security in circumstances other than those of arrest or even threatened arrest.’
    • ‘Mr. Montpellier has been custody since his arrest.’
    • ‘The internal report will provide valuable ammunition for the Hamiltons who have said they intend to sue Scotland Yard for unlawful arrest and detention.’
    • ‘On arrest both men were taken to the police station and interviewed.’
    • ‘Laura Blackburne, a judge who presides over a drug court in New York City, helped a suspect elude arrest in her courtroom.’
    • ‘They had plenty of officers to go out and detain - often without arrest - hunt saboteurs who peacefully protested against fox hunting.’
    • ‘A warrant of arrest issued for the accused's apprehension.’
    • ‘The claimant brought an action for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.’
    • ‘In order to exercise the now exceptional common law power of arrest, certain conditions must be met in relation to the person who is to be arrested and his conduct.’
    • ‘In this case, it is not suggested that Constable Bishop's actions were justified by the appellant's arrest on the outstanding warrant.’
    • ‘A warrant was issued for the claimant's arrest.’
    • ‘He did not arrest the Claimant immediately because he thought that if the Claimant were arrested inside and resisted arrest then it might be difficult to get him down the narrow flight of stairs.’
    • ‘The military tried several times to enlist him, and he was indeed arrested or threatened with arrest several times by the military police.’
    • ‘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 applicant was in custody after his arrest on March 18, 1999 and was released after a bail hearing on March 25.’
    detention, apprehension, seizure, capture, taking into custody
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  • 2A stoppage or sudden cessation of motion.

    ‘a respiratory arrest’
    • ‘The mum-of-two suffered a respiratory arrest three weeks ago from a chest infection.’
    • ‘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.’
    stoppage, halt, interruption
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Phrases

  • arrest of judgement

    • 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.

      • ‘We also conclude that the filing of a motion in arrest of judgment renders the judgment nonappealable until an order is entered disposing of the motion.’
      • ‘It is our opinion that the reasons filed in arrest of judgment are not maintained, and it is ordered that the motion be overruled.’
      • ‘It may, in a proper case, lay the foundation of a motion for a new trial, but not in arrest of judgment.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

arrest

/əˈrɛst/