Definition of arresting in US English:

arresting

adjective

  • 1Striking; eye-catching.

    ‘at 6 feet 6 inches he was an arresting figure’
    • ‘Along the way it sparkles with arresting images to throw a provocative and highly unusual light on almost everything from British naval supremacy to the French defeat in the 2002 World Cup.’
    • ‘The book's sad and enigmatic title appears under an arresting cover photograph of a Yolngu warrior, Witiyana Arika, playing the traditional clapsticks.’
    • ‘Archer's Goon is an arresting and impressive book; it deserves to be read more widely than it probably will be.’
    • ‘The band accompany her perfectly throughout, building to an arresting climax of the kind that leaves you with nothing else to say but ‘wow’ - which doesn't happen very often.’
    • ‘Thankfully, CQ2 is more than anything a showcase for Furey, who is an arresting screen presence, an unusual beauty, and a more than capable dancer.’
    • ‘Before this happened, they had turned out a string of arresting films, many of which were hits - Thunder Rock, The Guinea Pig, and I'm All Right Jack, to name but a few.’
    • ‘Joseph is a good enough accompanist, but Jonah has a voice of extraordinary, arresting beauty: ‘my brother sings to save the good and make the wicked take their own lives’.’
    • ‘Nicole Kidman is similarly dominant in Birth, a controversial, arresting film by British director Jonathan Glazer.’
    • ‘A retrospective devoted to the cult American photographer, who homed in on the weirder aspects of humanity, this large, arresting show also includes documents, cameras and memorabilia.’
    • ‘Yes, it's a sensational, arresting number, which may soon pass into general circulation.’
    • ‘Particularly arresting are those pictures which reveal the incredible symmetry and patterning to be found in the natural world, but all bear eloquent testimony to the planet's beauty.’
    • ‘Critics have already compared this film to the work of Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line) with its slow-motion, visually arresting style.’
    • ‘It is a pity that there exists no serious biography of Archibald Wavell, an intriguing and arresting figure.’
    • ‘However, it certainly is an arresting spectacle, and the skills and daring of the cast and director can't be faulted.’
    • ‘I was tracking something down at Don Park's Daily Habit, and noticed an arresting graphic: a fractal blogspace for Don Park.’
    • ‘Seeing this familiar image of Christ overlooking the Final Judgment rendered in such an unusual manner has an arresting effect on the viewer.’
    • ‘Alice Maher's floor-to-ceiling Ombre drawing also carries that authority, an arresting presence of cascading hair that at once shrouds and outlines the female body hidden within.’
    • ‘The arresting part of this photo is not her femaleness, although foregrounding her gender seems to be the intention, but the condition of her gun, which is old, chipped, and rusty.’
    • ‘More persons know Alkazi by his awesome reputation than by his arresting theatre productions.’
    • ‘It makes for an arresting and accomplished film with some truly outstanding acting along the way.’
    • ‘It was a remarkably arresting photograph, and I decided to pick up the record on the spot.’
    striking, eye-catching, conspicuous, noticeable, dramatic, impressive, imposing, spectacular, breathtaking, dazzling, amazing, astounding, astonishing, surprising, staggering, stunning, sensational, awesome, awe-inspiring, engaging
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  • 2Denoting a person or agency that seizes and detains someone by legal authority.

    ‘the arresting officer’
    • ‘When they were arrested in Indiana, the murderers surrendered meekly after taking one look at the arresting officer.’
    • ‘Evans was jailed for 21 hours, but she was surprised to discover that her arresting officer agreed with her opposition to the war in Iraq.’
    • ‘The record proved that the arresting officers never attempted clarification.’
    • ‘A federal judge dismissed the charges because the arresting officers had violated the act by receiving the Army's help.’
    • ‘Next, the arresting officers must notify the district attorney's office that they have a suspect ready to be entered into the criminal justice system.’
    • ‘My arresting officer joked and chatted with the women alongside me.’
    • ‘He told the arresting officers that he had fired in self-defense.’
    • ‘TMZ has four pages of the original report prepared by the arresting officer in the case, L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy James Mee.’
    • ‘If the arresting officer or the defendant doesn't appear in court, a judge typically dismisses the charges.’
    • ‘The arresting officer applied ‘restraint’ on the man's neck.’
    • ‘When she didn't receive a satisfactory response, she sued her arresting officer and the city of Lago Vista, claiming her Fourth Amendment rights had been violated.’
    • ‘I was in graduate school by then and knew the arresting officer because we'd gone to high school together.’
    • ‘A cop on the other side of the room tells the arresting officer that there's a help desk number tacked up underneath the memos on the booking area bulletin board.’
    • ‘I think you'd rather put it to the arresting authorities or those who are responsible for prosecution.’
    • ‘Initially, most thought that having a false name and no identification would make it more difficult for the arresting authority to prove that they were Arab.’
    • ‘In addition, defense attorneys need to be informed when an arresting officer is suspected of misconduct.’
    • ‘Uncle Dave had a healthy disrespect for authority and his advice to ‘always take the arresting officer's number’ has stood me in good stead.’
    • ‘When the Wagners were left alone in the police cruiser, a tape recording released by the police indicates that they schemed to murder the arresting police officers.’
    • ‘It has been reported that he was wearing a rucksack when arrested and that that was thrown out of the window by the arresting officers.’
    • ‘Indeed, when the insulting language case against Jefferson came up for hearing at the District Courts in Castries, the arresting constable did not appear and so the case was struck out.’

Pronunciation

arresting

/əˈrestiNG//əˈrɛstɪŋ/