Definition of arrest in US English:

arrest

verb

[with object]
  • 1Seize (someone) by legal authority and take into custody.

    ‘the police arrested him for possession of marijuana’
    ‘two youths aged 16 were arrested’
    • ‘He had then been arrested and detained without trial and he fled into exile.’
    • ‘Likewise, state police are not permitted to arrest or detain solely for the purpose of asking questions.’
    • ‘The eight-man crew was arrested by Spanish customs and are now in custody.’
    • ‘This week, they impounded an east European ship, arresting its 22-man crew, 18 of whom were Russians.’
    • ‘The four were arrested and detained and it became clear that three had entered the country illegally.’
    • ‘As a private security guard, he had no authority to arrest or detain the pair.’
    • ‘Six Buddhist monks have been arrested after villagers complained about rowdy parties at the local temple.’
    • ‘Mr Ashcroft said 352 people have been arrested or detained in the investigation.’
    • ‘Third, if police insist on arresting or detaining you, let them know that you wish to contact your lawyer and do so immediately.’
    • ‘The Terrorism Act extended the powers of the police to investigate, arrest and detain.’
    • ‘Thousands were believed to have been arrested and sent to jail for a variety of crimes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The six men and one woman arrested yesterday were detained at one of two addresses raided in the Brighton area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Given the factual circumstances, Mr Maguire's submission that the respondents acted unlawfully in arresting him for breach of the peace is not accepted.’
    • ‘Chinese law stipulates that a drug user who is arrested must be detained for 15 days.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last summer a suspected Al Qaeda terrorist cell was arrested in North Africa.’
    apprehend, take into custody, seize, take in, take prisoner, detain, put in jail, throw in jail
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  • 2Stop or check (progress or a process)

    ‘the spread of the disease can be arrested’
    ‘arrested development may occur’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mercury's effectiveness in arresting the progress of syphilis is debatable, but clearly it had terrible side effects.’
    • ‘There is an indication that when she was young her growth was arrested because of a childhood disease such as measles.’
    • ‘The number of volunteers has steadily fallen over the past few months and bosses feel the time has come to arrest the slide.’
    • ‘Erin tried to arrest his downward progress but the plunging stream carried him bumping along.’
    • ‘Yoga can arrest the progression of the disease, if it cannot reverse it.’
    • ‘The rest appears as heat, which, above a certain temperature, risks killing the yeast and therefore arresting the fermentation process.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pass laws proved incapable of arresting the process and were less vigorously enforced; by 1986 some of the major influx control regulations were rescinded.’
    • ‘But his efforts failed to arrest the progress of a Folkton & Flixton side who maintained their pole position with a three wicket win.’
    • ‘But that hasn't been enough to arrest a slide in profits.’
    • ‘It is absolutely essential that something is done to arrest the mass closure of post offices across London.’
    • ‘Failure to arrest the process during heat exhaustion could lead to the more deadly condition of heatstroke.’
    • ‘A decade ago, a concerted international effort might have arrested its growth.’
    • ‘The finding could help scientists develop drugs and other treatments that might one day slow or arrest the disease's progression.’
    • ‘This addresses only 50 per cent of the problem, it will arrest the disease process and possibly repair some damage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I will do whatever I have to do to arrest the progress of it.’
    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)

    ‘his attention was arrested by a strange sound’
    • ‘In a millisecond, these sheets of visuals arrest your attention.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Li isn't as fluid or captivating as Jackie Chan, but his skills still arrest the attention.’
    • ‘It was the double colon that arrested my attention as I scanned over the Age's website.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A sculpture put up in the middle of the hall arrests your attention as you enter.’
    • ‘It works precisely because it has no illusions about what it is or the audience whose attention it's trying to arrest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Chunhyang is never anything less than stunning, with vibrant colors and dynamic compositions consistently arresting our attention.’
    • ‘The film arrests our attention in the same way that a wreck does.’
    • ‘The sound of footsteps climbing the stairs arrests Daphne's attention.’
    • ‘Shouting arrests her attention, taking her away from her inner pain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But those products that would arrest one's attention are wooden carvings from Srikalahasti.’
    • ‘I've never gone to a convention and not found some piece of news to arrest our 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.’
    attract, capture, catch, catch hold of, hold, grip, engage
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noun

  • 1The action of seizing someone to take into custody.

    ‘I have a warrant for your arrest’
    ‘they placed her under arrest’
    ‘at least 69 arrests were made’
    • ‘They had plenty of officers to go out and detain - often without arrest - hunt saboteurs who peacefully protested against fox hunting.’
    • ‘The appellant's arrest and police interview in 1998 are considered below in the context of the evidence relating to Harry.’
    • ‘A warrant was issued for the claimant's arrest.’
    • ‘When he emerged from the house, Constable Dimatulac placed Mr. Lloyd under arrest for being unlawfully in a dwelling house and for uttering threats.’
    • ‘The plaintiff began proceedings against the Chief Constable claiming damages for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.’
    • ‘Laura Blackburne, a judge who presides over a drug court in New York City, helped a suspect elude arrest in her courtroom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr. Montpellier has been custody since his arrest.’
    • ‘In this case, it is not suggested that Constable Bishop's actions were justified by the appellant's arrest on the outstanding warrant.’
    • ‘The applicant was in custody after his arrest on March 18, 1999 and was released after a bail hearing on March 25.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The military tried several times to enlist him, and he was indeed arrested or threatened with arrest several times by the military police.’
    • ‘The claimant brought an action for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.’
    • ‘A warrant of arrest issued for the accused's apprehension.’
    • ‘On arrest both men were taken to the police station and interviewed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The internal report will provide valuable ammunition for the Hamiltons who have said they intend to sue Scotland Yard for unlawful arrest and detention.’
    • ‘The appellant was not under arrest or detention at the time the question was asked.’
    • ‘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.’
    detention, apprehension, seizure, capture, taking into custody
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  • 2A stoppage or sudden cessation of motion.

    ‘a respiratory arrest’
    • ‘I also cracked my skull and had cardiac and respiratory arrests.’
    • ‘The sudden arrest of his motion, the abrasion of one of his hands on the gravel, restored him, and he wept with delight.’
    • ‘The mum-of-two suffered a respiratory arrest three weeks ago from a chest infection.’
    stoppage, halt, interruption
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

arrest

/əˈrest//əˈrɛst/