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Arrest - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Arrest' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Arrest [ v. i.]
- To tarry; to rest.
2 . Arrest [ v. t.]
- To stop; to check or hinder the motion or action of; as, to arrest the current of a river; to arrest the senses.
- To take, seize, or apprehend by authority of law; as, to arrest one for debt, or for a crime.
- To seize on and fix; to hold; to catch; as, to arrest the eyes or attention.
- To rest or fasten; to fix; to concentrate.
- The act of stopping, or restraining from further motion, etc.; stoppage; hindrance; restraint; as, an arrest of development.
- The taking or apprehending of a person by authority of law; legal restraint; custody. Also, a decree, mandate, or warrant.
- Any seizure by power, physical or moral.
- A scurfiness of the back part of the hind leg of a horse; -- also named rat-tails.

Meaning of 'Arrest' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . arrest [ n]
Meaning (1):
- the state of inactivity following an interruption
Example in sentence:
  • during the halt he got some lunch;
  • he spent the entire stop in his seat;
  • held them in check;
  • the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow;
  • the negotiations were in arrest
Meaning (2):
- the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
Example in sentence:
  • the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar
3 . arrest [ v]
Meaning (3):
- hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
Example in sentence:
  • Arrest the downward trend;
  • Check the growth of communism in South East Asia;
  • Contain the rebel movement;
  • Turn back the tide of communism
Meaning (4):
- cause to stop
Example in sentence:
  • Arrest the progress;
  • Halt the engines;
  • halt the presses;
  • stop a car;
  • stop the thief
Meaning (5):
- attract and fix
Example in sentence:
  • Catch the attention of the waiter;
  • His look caught her;
  • She caught his eye
Meaning (6):
- take into custody
Example in sentence:
  • the police nabbed the suspected criminals