What is the meaning of arrest?


  • The act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal. )
    • usage: "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
  • The state of inactivity following an interruption.
    • usage: "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"


  • Take into custody.
    • usage: "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"
  • Hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of.
    • usage: "Arrest the downward trend"; "Check the growth of communism in South East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"
  • Attract and fix.
    • usage: "His look caught her"; "She caught his eye"; "Catch the attention of the waiter"
  • Cause to stop.
    • usage: "Halt the engines"; "Arrest the progress"; "halt the presses"
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APAWordNet. (2010). arrest. Retrieved April 22, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/arrest/definitions/1245113
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