Arrest - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈrest|  American pronunciation of the word arrest
Brit.  |əˈrest|  British pronunciation of the word arrest


- the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) (syn: apprehension, catch, collar, pinch)
- the state of inactivity following an interruption (syn: check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage)
the negotiations were in arrest


- take into custody (syn: apprehend, collar, cop, nab, nail, pick up)
- hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of (syn: check, contain, hold back, stop, turn back)
- attract and fix (syn: catch, get)
- cause to stop (syn: halt, hold)

Extra examples

The police arrested him on drug charges.

The police officer said, “I'm arresting you in the name of the law.”

The drugs can't arrest the disease's progress, but they can slow it down considerably.

The police are investigating the case but they have not yet made any arrests.

She was charged with resisting arrest.

The information has led to the arrest of three suspects.

The police arrested him for arson.

This will arrest the rise in prices.

He was arrested and charged with murder.

Her father was arrested for fraud.

I got arrested for careless driving.

Five youths were arrested in connection with the attack.

He was arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs.

The mountains are the most arresting feature of the glen.

He was arrested on suspicion (on a charge) of murder.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: arrest
he/she/it: arrests
present participle: arresting
past tense: arrested
past participle: arrested
singular: arrest
plural: arrests
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