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Definition of "arrest" []

  • To stop; check: a brake that automatically arrests motion; arrested the growth of the tumor. (verb-transitive)
  • To seize and hold under the authority of law. (verb-transitive)
  • To capture and hold briefly (the attention, for example); engage. (verb-transitive)
  • To undergo cardiac arrest: The patient arrested en route to the hospital. (verb-intransitive)
  • The act of detaining in legal custody: the arrest of a criminal suspect. (noun)
  • To deprive (a person) of liberty by taking him into custody, esp under lawful authority (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To seize (a ship) under lawful authority (verb)
  • To slow or stop the development or progress of (a disease, growth, etc) (verb)
  • To catch and hold (one's attention, sight, etc) (verb)
  • The act of taking a person into custody, esp under lawful authority (noun)
  • The act of seizing and holding a ship under lawful authority (noun)
  • The state of being held, esp under lawful authority (noun)
  • The slowing or stopping of the development or progress of something (noun)
  • The stopping or sudden cessation of motion of something (noun)

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Use "arrest" in a sentence
  • "The period at which malformations occur is a matter of some importance; this is, indeed, implied in the term arrest of development; evolution goes on with growth up to a certain point and is then stopped, and thus changes are brought about in the part affected of a different nature from those dependent on non-development or suppression."
  • "That description was changed in a subsequent legal filing, with a lawyer for KIT saying the use of the word "arrest" was due to an "administrative error.""
  • "So I go and commit a rape and murder and when the police arrest me, I claim that the arrest is the definitive proof that indeed, I was correct and am being victimized by the police."