Definition of arrest in English:

arrest

verb

[with object]
  • 1Seize (someone) by legal authority and take them into custody.

    ‘the police arrested him for possession of marijuana’
    ‘two youths aged 16 were arrested’
    ‘they got arrested during a police raid’
    • ‘Convicted in a U.S. court of drug possession and conspiracy, he appealed on the grounds that the United States did not have the authority to arrest him.’
    • ‘Given the factual circumstances, Mr Maguire's submission that the respondents acted unlawfully in arresting him for breach of the peace is not accepted.’
    • ‘This week, they impounded an east European ship, arresting its 22-man crew, 18 of whom were Russians.’
    • ‘The four were arrested and detained and it became clear that three had entered the country illegally.’
    • ‘He had then been arrested and detained without trial and he fled into exile.’
    • ‘Chinese law stipulates that a drug user who is arrested must be detained for 15 days.’
    • ‘As a private security guard, he had no authority to arrest or detain the pair.’
    • ‘Inspectors were also empowered to detain or arrest commuters, and to demand a third person or employer's details if they had reason to believe they had been given a false name or address.’
    • ‘Mr Ashcroft said 352 people have been arrested or detained in the investigation.’
    • ‘Their task will be tackling anti-social behaviour and nuisance crime and eventually will have the power to detain, but not arrest, the public for up to 30 minutes.’
    • ‘The six men and one woman arrested yesterday were detained at one of two addresses raided in the Brighton area.’
    • ‘The Offences Against the State Act, introduced in June 1939, allowed for the creation of special courts and increasing police powers to search, arrest, and detain.’
    • ‘The eight-man crew was arrested by Spanish customs and are now in custody.’
    • ‘Likewise, state police are not permitted to arrest or detain solely for the purpose of asking questions.’
    • ‘The judge said the five-year-long undercover operation went on long after police had the necessary evidence to arrest some of those eventually detained.’
    • ‘Third, if police insist on arresting or detaining you, let them know that you wish to contact your lawyer and do so immediately.’
    • ‘The Terrorism Act extended the powers of the police to investigate, arrest and detain.’
    • ‘Six Buddhist monks have been arrested after villagers complained about rowdy parties at the local temple.’
    • ‘Thousands were believed to have been arrested and sent to jail for a variety of crimes.’
    apprehend, take into custody, seize, take in, take prisoner, detain, put in jail, throw in jail
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    1. 1.1Seize and detain (a ship) by legal authority.
      ‘they arrested a vessel with a ton of salmon on board’
      • ‘Disappointed with the dilatory tactics of the cocoa firms, he even suggested sending a man-of-war to arrest a slave ship.’
      • ‘Without the signed Yacht Salvage Contract, the salvor is free to arrest your boat and file suit in federal court.’
      • ‘Nor has it commenced legal proceedings in England to secure its underlying claim by arresting a ship here or to enforce the arbitration award.’
      • ‘Customary law probably does allow the coastal state to arrest ships engaged in illegal pollution or dumping in the territorial sea, however.’
      • ‘However, in May 2000, the crews decided to formally arrest the ships - which was legitimate under maritime law, given they had received no wages for nine months.’
      • ‘For example, if a fine on a foreign ship is not paid, Canadian authorities will be able to arrest a sister ship (owned by the same owner) to satisfy the fine.’
      • ‘By May 2000 the crews decided their best solution was to formally arrest the ships.’
      • ‘Good to see that Australia has succeeded after a long chase in arresting another ship poaching in its fisheries.’
      • ‘Although the Government believes it has powers to arrest any vessels in breach of this rule, it is understood that no boats will be detained until the current legal impasse has been resolved.’
      • ‘If that is so, then the Government must order the Naval Service to arrest Spanish boats beyond the permitted number which enter the Box after January 1.’
  • 2Stop or check (progress or a process)

    ‘the spread of the disease can be arrested’
    • ‘This addresses only 50 per cent of the problem, it will arrest the disease process and possibly repair some damage.’
    • ‘As yet there is no proven means of arresting the disease's progress, let alone curing it.’
    • ‘Many natural and chemical agents have been employed with the aim of halting or blocking angiogenesis, in an attempt to arrest malignant growth, development and metastasis.’
    • ‘The finding could help scientists develop drugs and other treatments that might one day slow or arrest the disease's progression.’
    • ‘I will do whatever I have to do to arrest the progress of it.’
    • ‘But his efforts failed to arrest the progress of a Folkton & Flixton side who maintained their pole position with a three wicket win.’
    • ‘Mercury's effectiveness in arresting the progress of syphilis is debatable, but clearly it had terrible side effects.’
    • ‘The rest appears as heat, which, above a certain temperature, risks killing the yeast and therefore arresting the fermentation process.’
    • ‘Failure to arrest the process during heat exhaustion could lead to the more deadly condition of heatstroke.’
    • ‘Erin tried to arrest his downward progress but the plunging stream carried him bumping along.’
    • ‘The decline in the rate of growth of money, which slows down or arrests the diversion of real resources, manifests through falls in the rate of growth of various economic indicators.’
    • ‘There is an indication that when she was young her growth was arrested because of a childhood disease such as measles.’
    • ‘Yoga can arrest the progression of the disease, if it cannot reverse it.’
    • ‘Pass laws proved incapable of arresting the process and were less vigorously enforced; by 1986 some of the major influx control regulations were rescinded.’
    • ‘Hodge converted on each occasion, only to see Llanelli arrest their slide with a touchdown from Neil Boobyer.’
    • ‘A decade ago, a concerted international effort might have arrested its growth.’
    • ‘What we have seen in various states is little more than the confirmation of old maxims about how and why governments grow and what, if anything, can be done to arrest that growth.’
    • ‘It is absolutely essential that something is done to arrest the mass closure of post offices across London.’
    • ‘But that hasn't been enough to arrest a slide in profits.’
    • ‘The number of volunteers has steadily fallen over the past few months and bosses feel the time has come to arrest the slide.’
    stop, halt, end, bring to a standstill, check, block, hinder, hamper, delay, hold up, hold back, restrict, limit, interrupt, prevent, obstruct, inhibit, impede, interfere with, thwart, balk, curb, put a brake on, slow, slow down, retard, nip in the bud
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    1. 2.1no object Suffer a heart attack.
      ‘they were trying to resuscitate a patient who had arrested’
  • 3Attract the attention of (someone)

    ‘the church's stillness arrested her’
    • ‘A sculpture put up in the middle of the hall arrests your attention as you enter.’
    • ‘The children performed skits during rush hours at the concourse of the eastern entry of the railway station arresting the attention of the travelling public and visitors.’
    • ‘There was a week left in the season, and football is arresting the city's attention in the way Richardson always wished it would.’
    • ‘It was the double colon that arrested my attention as I scanned over the Age's website.’
    • ‘Although William Beckford wrote a Gothick romance as reckless and immoderate as himself, his life of epic prodigality would arrest attention had he not written a single line.’
    • ‘In a millisecond, these sheets of visuals arrest your attention.’
    • ‘But those products that would arrest one's attention are wooden carvings from Srikalahasti.’
    • ‘I've never gone to a convention and not found some piece of news to arrest our attention.’
    • ‘Like any stunning structure from the past, like the Parthenon or the Pyramids, they grab attention and arrest the imagination of people from all over.’
    • ‘It is a one-stop stall from Karnataka that arrests your attention with a range of exquisite handicrafts and silks at the on-going All India Crafts Mela at Shilparamam.’
    • ‘Li isn't as fluid or captivating as Jackie Chan, but his skills still arrest the attention.’
    • ‘Shouting arrests her attention, taking her away from her inner pain.’
    • ‘The film arrests our attention in the same way that a wreck does.’
    • ‘The value of the proverb in arresting readers' attention has been fully realised by newspaper editors; widespread and common proverbs are frequently used, particularly for headlines.’
    • ‘There was a shredder on the page with them that kept arresting Rowena's attention; it seemed comparable to the old shredder, and was not very expensive.’
    • ‘Chunhyang is never anything less than stunning, with vibrant colors and dynamic compositions consistently arresting our attention.’
    • ‘His attention was arrested by a young lady who, standing at an angle not far from him, was the last to whom his eyes travelled.’
    • ‘While The Little Vampire can likely boast the ability to arrest the attention of kids, the same claim can't be made where adults are concerned.’
    • ‘The sound of footsteps climbing the stairs arrests Daphne's attention.’
    • ‘It works precisely because it has no illusions about what it is or the audience whose attention it's trying to arrest.’
    attract, capture, catch, catch hold of, hold, grip, engage
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noun

  • 1mass noun The action of seizing someone and taking them into custody.

    ‘I have a warrant for your arrest’
    ‘they placed her under arrest’
    count noun ‘at least 69 arrests were made’
    • ‘In Lindley the defendant had been taken into police custody upon arrest for disorderly behaviour.’
    • ‘These are separate categories, but it does not follow that in every case of unlawful arrest by a police officer exemplary damages are appropriate.’
    • ‘The internal report will provide valuable ammunition for the Hamiltons who have said they intend to sue Scotland Yard for unlawful arrest and detention.’
    • ‘The military tried several times to enlist him, and he was indeed arrested or threatened with arrest several times by the military police.’
    • ‘The plaintiff began proceedings against the Chief Constable claiming damages for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.’
    • ‘He did not arrest the Claimant immediately because he thought that if the Claimant were arrested inside and resisted arrest then it might be difficult to get him down the narrow flight of stairs.’
    • ‘In this case, it is not suggested that Constable Bishop's actions were justified by the appellant's arrest on the outstanding warrant.’
    • ‘The claimant brought an action for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.’
    • ‘The appellant's arrest and police interview in 1998 are considered below in the context of the evidence relating to Harry.’
    • ‘In any event, this case is itself an example of a requirement of security in circumstances other than those of arrest or even threatened arrest.’
    • ‘When he emerged from the house, Constable Dimatulac placed Mr. Lloyd under arrest for being unlawfully in a dwelling house and for uttering threats.’
    • ‘In order to exercise the now exceptional common law power of arrest, certain conditions must be met in relation to the person who is to be arrested and his conduct.’
    • ‘The appellant was not under arrest or detention at the time the question was asked.’
    • ‘Laura Blackburne, a judge who presides over a drug court in New York City, helped a suspect elude arrest in her courtroom.’
    • ‘Mr. Montpellier has been custody since his arrest.’
    • ‘The applicant was in custody after his arrest on March 18, 1999 and was released after a bail hearing on March 25.’
    • ‘A warrant was issued for the claimant's arrest.’
    • ‘A warrant of arrest issued for the accused's apprehension.’
    • ‘They had plenty of officers to go out and detain - often without arrest - hunt saboteurs who peacefully protested against fox hunting.’
    • ‘On arrest both men were taken to the police station and interviewed.’
    detention, apprehension, seizure, capture, taking into custody
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  • 2A stoppage or sudden cessation of motion.

    ‘a respiratory arrest’
    • ‘The sudden arrest of his motion, the abrasion of one of his hands on the gravel, restored him, and he wept with delight.’
    • ‘I also cracked my skull and had cardiac and respiratory arrests.’
    • ‘The mum-of-two suffered a respiratory arrest three weeks ago from a chest infection.’
    stoppage, halt, interruption
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Phrases

    arrest of judgement
    • The suspension of proceedings in a criminal trial between the verdict and the sentence on the grounds of a material irregularity in the course of the trial.

      • ‘Probably the court had so much difficulty reaching a decision about the arrest of judgment because Curll's counsel could cite compelling precedent.’
      • ‘A spurious time-line emerges, according to which the guilty verdict, the motion for arrest of judgment, and the discussion of the motion all occurred in November 1725.’
      • ‘It may, in a proper case, lay the foundation of a motion for a new trial, but not in arrest of judgment.’
      • ‘It is our opinion that the reasons filed in arrest of judgment are not maintained, and it is ordered that the motion be overruled.’
      • ‘We also conclude that the filing of a motion in arrest of judgment renders the judgment nonappealable until an order is entered disposing of the motion.’
    • A postponement or stay of a court decision because of a legal challenge or problem.

      ‘her counsel moved an arrest of judgement’

Origin

Late Middle English from Old French arester, based on Latin ad- ‘at, to’ + restare ‘remain, stop’.

Pronunciation

arrest

/əˈrɛst/