Definition of Arrest

1. Noun. The act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal). "The policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"

Exact synonyms: Apprehension, Catch, Collar, Pinch, Taking Into Custody
Generic synonyms: Capture, Gaining Control, Seizure
Derivative terms: Apprehend, Catch, Collar

2. Verb. Take into custody. "The police nabbed the suspected criminals"
Exact synonyms: Apprehend, Collar, Cop, Nab, Nail, Pick Up
Generic synonyms: Clutch, Prehend, Seize
Derivative terms: Apprehender, Apprehension, Collar, Cop, Pickup

3. Noun. The state of inactivity following an interruption. "He spent the entire stop in his seat"
Exact synonyms: Check, Halt, Hitch, Stay, Stop, Stoppage
Generic synonyms: Inaction, Inactiveness, Inactivity
Specialized synonyms: Countercheck, Logjam
Derivative terms: Check, Check, Halt, Halt, Stop, Stop

4. Verb. Hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of. "Turn back the tide of communism"
Exact synonyms: Check, Contain, Hold Back, Stop, Turn Back
Specialized synonyms: Cut Down, Cut Out
Generic synonyms: Defend
Derivative terms: Containment, Containment, Stop

5. Verb. Attract and fix. "Catch the attention of the waiter"
Exact synonyms: Catch, Get
Generic synonyms: Attract, Draw, Draw In, Pull, Pull In

6. Verb. Cause to stop. "They arrest the animals"; "Halt the presses"
Exact synonyms: Halt, Hold
Generic synonyms: Stop
Derivative terms: Arrester, Halt, Halt, Halt, Hold

Definition of Arrest

1. v. t. To stop; to check or hinder the motion or action of; as, to arrest the current of a river; to arrest the senses.

2. v. i. To tarry; to rest.

3. n. The act of stopping, or restraining from further motion, etc.; stoppage; hindrance; restraint; as, an arrest of development.

Definition of Arrest

1. Noun. A check, stop, an act or instance of arresting something. ¹

2. Noun. The condition of being stopped, standstill. ¹

3. Noun. (legal) The act of arresting a criminal, suspect etc. ¹

4. Noun. A confinement, detention, as after an arrest. ¹

5. Noun. A device to physically arrest motion. ¹

6. Verb. (obsolete transitive) To stop the motion of (a person or animal). (defdate 14th-19th c.) ¹

7. Verb. (obsolete intransitive) To stay, remain. (defdate 14th-16th c.) ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To stop (a process, course etc.). (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To seize (someone) with the authority of the law; to take into legal custody. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To catch the attention of. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

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Definition of Arrest

1. to seize and hold by legal authority [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Arrest

1. 1. The act of stopping, or restraining from further motion, etc.; stoppage; hindrance; restraint; as, an arrest of development. "As the arrest of the air showeth." (Bacon) 2. The taking or apprehending of a person by authority of law; legal restraint; custody. Also, a decree, mandate, or warrant. "William . . . Ordered him to be put under arrest." (Macaulay) "[Our brother Norway] sends out arrests On Fortinbras; which he, in brief, obeys." (Shak) An arrest may be made by seizing or touching the body; but it is sufficient in the party be within the power of the officer and submit to the arrest. In Admiralty law, and in old English practice, the term is applied to the seizure of property. 3. Any seizure by power, physical or moral. "The sad stories of fire from heaven, the burning of his sheep, etc, . . . Were sad arrests to his troubled spirit." (Jer. Taylor) 4. A scurfiness of the back part of the hind leg of a horse; also named rat-tails. Arrest of judgment, the staying or stopping of a judgment, after verdict, for legal cause. The motion for this purpose is called a motion in arrest of judgment. Origin: OE. Arest, arrest, OF. Arest, F. Arret, fr. Arester. See Arrest, Arrt. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Arrest

arrector pili
arrector pili muscles
arrectores pilorum
arrest (current term)
arrest warrant
arrest warrants
arrested decay
arrested dental caries
arrested development
arrested tuberculosis
arrester hook

Literary usage of Arrest

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Juvenile Offenders & Victims: A National Report by Howard N. Snyder (1995)
"For example, an arrest of a person for both robbery and weapons possession would appear in the UCR data as one robbery arrest. The count of weapons arrests ..."

2. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"The officers who may arrest without warrant are,—justices of the peace, for felony or ... A private person is bound to arrest for a felony committed in his ..."

3. The History of English Law Before the Time of Edward I by Frederick Pollock, Frederic William Maitland (1899)
"arrest. From outlawry we may pass to arrest, which in our eyes may seem to be ... Now of the law of arrest as it was in these early days we should like to ..."

4. The Journal of Physiology by Physiological Society (Great Britain). (1879)
"In some experiments made several years ago, the results being intended to serve as standards in other investigations, we found that arrest of the ..."

5. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench: With by Great Britain Court of King's Bench, George Mifflin Wharton (1845)
"311(c), is for any of the Serjeants of the compter to arrest a defendant after a plaint entered, without other process and bring him into custody until he ..."

6. Pye's Surgical Handicraft: A Manual of Surgical Manipulations, Minor Surgery by Walter Pye (1893)
"arrest of urgent Haemorrhage." The measures which must be taken on the first emergency are, () Encouragement of the process of natural arrest, ..."

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