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Meaning & Definition of Arrest in English

English

Arrest

/ərɛst/

noun

1. The act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

  • "The policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
    synonym:
  • apprehension
  • ,
  • arrest
  • ,
  • catch
  • ,
  • collar
  • ,
  • pinch
  • ,
  • taking into custody

2. The state of inactivity following an interruption

  • "The negotiations were in arrest"
  • "Held them in check"
  • "During the halt he got some lunch"
  • "The momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"
  • "He spent the entire stop in his seat"
    synonym:
  • arrest
  • ,
  • check
  • ,
  • halt
  • ,
  • hitch
  • ,
  • stay
  • ,
  • stop
  • ,
  • stoppage

verb

1. Take into custody

  • "The police nabbed the suspected criminals"
    synonym:
  • collar
  • ,
  • nail
  • ,
  • apprehend
  • ,
  • arrest
  • ,
  • pick up
  • ,
  • nab
  • ,
  • cop

2. Hold back, as of a danger or an enemy

  • Check the expansion or influence of
  • "Arrest the downward trend"
  • "Check the growth of communism in south east asia"
  • "Contain the rebel movement"
  • "Turn back the tide of communism"
    synonym:
  • check
  • ,
  • turn back
  • ,
  • arrest
  • ,
  • stop
  • ,
  • contain
  • ,
  • hold back

3. Attract and fix

  • "His look caught her"
  • "She caught his eye"
  • "Catch the attention of the waiter"
    synonym:
  • catch
  • ,
  • arrest
  • ,
  • get

4. Cause to stop

  • "Halt the engines"
  • "Arrest the progress"
  • "Halt the presses"
    synonym:
  • halt
  • ,
  • hold
  • ,
  • arrest

Examples of using

Are you here to arrest me?
Are you here to arrest me?
You're under arrest for the murder of Tom Jackson.