• IPA: /əˈɹɛst/


  1. A check, stop, an act or instance of arrest#Verb|arresting something.
  2. The condition of being stopped, standstill.
  3. (legal) The process of arresting a criminal, suspect etc.
  4. A confinement, detention, as after an arrest.
  5. A device to physically arrest motion.
  6. (nautical) The judicial detention of a ship to secure a financial claim against its operators.
  7. (obsolete) Any seizure by power, physical or otherwise.
    • The sad stories of fire from heaven, the burning of his sheep, etc., […] were sad arrests to his troubled spirit.
  8. (farriery) A scurfiness of the back part of the hind leg of a horse.
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arrest (arrests, present participle arresting; past and past participle arrested)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To stop the motion of (a person or animal). [14th-19th c.]
    • Nor could her virtues the relentless hand / Of Death arrest.
    • 1952, Doris Lessing, Martha Quest, Panther 1974, p. 86:
      Mr. Van Rensberg broke the spell by arresting Martha as she trailed past him on Billy's arm, by pointing his pipestem at her and saying, ‘Hey, Matty, come here a minute.’
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To stay, remain. [14th-16th c.]
  3. (transitive) To stop or slow (a process, course etc.). [from 14th c.]
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 707:
      To try to arrest the spiral of violence, I contacted Chief Buthelezi to arrange a meeting.
    • 1997: Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault, page 69 (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865
      Knowledge replaced universal resemblance with finite differences. History was arrested and turned into tables …Western reason had entered the age of judgement.
  4. (transitive) To seize (someone) with the authority of the law; to take into legal custody. [from 14th c.]
    The police have arrested a suspect in the murder inquiry.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene ii]:
      I arrest thee of high treason.
  5. (transitive) To catch the attention of. [from 19th c.]
    • 1919: P. G. Wodehouse, My Man Jeeves:
      There is something about this picture—something bold and vigorous, which arrests the attention. I feel sure it would be highly popular.
  6. (intransitive, medicine) To undergo cardiac arrest.
    • 2004, Euan A. Ashley, ‎Josef Niebauer, Cardiology Explained (page 66)
      Realizing the mistake immediately from the outline of the RCA on the fluoroscope screen, he rapidly removed the catheter – just as his patient arrested.
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  • German: arretieren
  • Portuguese: deter (transitive), parar (transitive and intransitive)
  • Russian: заде́рживать
  • Spanish: parar
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