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.

Definitions of arrest
  1. verb
    take into custody
    synonyms: apprehend, collar, cop, nab, nail, pick up
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    type of:
    clutch, prehend, seize
    take hold of; grab
  2. noun
    the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
    synonyms: apprehension, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody
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    type of:
    capture, gaining control, seizure
    the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
  3. verb
    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
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    cut down, cut out
    intercept (a player)
    type of:
    be on the defensive; act against an attack
  4. verb
    cause to stop
    Arrest the progress”
    synonyms: halt, hold
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    type of:
    cause to stop
  5. noun
    the state of inactivity following an interruption
    “the negotiations were in arrest
    synonyms: check, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage
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    a check that restrains another check
    any stoppage attributable to unusual activity
    type of:
    inaction, inactiveness, inactivity
    the state of being inactive
  6. verb
    attract and fix
    synonyms: catch, get
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    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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