arrest

To arrest someone is to put them in custody for breaking the law. If you face arrest, your criminal activities will be "at rest" because you'll be behind bars, or in jail.

Arrest is both a noun and a verb. When you place a person "under arrest," you take them into custody and hold them so they can’t continue breaking the law. A police officer or other agent of the law will arrest a person often by physically taking them away. In addition to the legal meaning, arrest means "stop." To arrest motion is to stop a person or thing from moving.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: arrest

1
vn
take into custody
the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
2
vn
hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
the state of inactivity following an interruption
3
v
attract and fix
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: arrest
1

v take into custody

Synonyms:
apprehend, collar, cop, nab, nail, pick up
Type of:
clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab

n the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

Synonyms:
apprehension, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody
Type of:
capture, gaining control, seizure
the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
2

v hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of

Arrest the downward trend”
Synonyms:
check, contain, hold back, stop, turn back
Types:
cut down, cut out
intercept (a player)
Type of:
defend
be on the defensive; act against an attack

v cause to stop

Arrest the progress”
Synonyms:
halt, hold
Type of:
stop
cause to stop

n the state of inactivity following an interruption

“the negotiations were in arrest
Synonyms:
check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage
Types:
countercheck
a check that restrains another check
logjam
any stoppage attributable to unusual activity
Type of:
inaction, inactiveness, inactivity
the state of being inactive
3

v attract and fix

Synonyms:
catch, get
Type of:
attract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in
direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes
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