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Verb: arrest  u'rest
  1. Take into custody
    "the police arrested the suspected criminals";
    - collar [informal], nail [informal], apprehend, pick up, nab [informal], cop [informal], pinch [Brit, informal], nick [Brit, informal]
  2. Hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
    "Arrest the downward trend";
    - check, turn back, stop, contain, hold back
  3. Attract and fix
    "His look arrested her";
    - catch, get
  4. Cause to come to an abrupt stop
    "Arrest the progress";
    - halt, hold
Noun: arrest  u'rest
  1. The act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
    "the policeman on the beat got credit for the arrest";
    - apprehension, catch, collar [informal], pinch, taking into custody
  2. The state of inactivity following an interruption
    "the negotiations were in arrest";
    - check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage

Derived forms: arrested, arresting, arrests

Type of: attract, capture, clutch, defend, draw, draw in, gaining control, inaction, inactiveness, inactivity, prehend [archaic], pull, pull in, seize, seizure, stop

Encyclopedia: Arrest, imprisonment and pardon of Matthew Hedges