Adjective "arrest" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Seize (someone) by legal authority and take them into custody.
  1. 'two youths aged 16 were arrested'
  2. 'Mr Ashcroft said 352 people have been arrested or detained in the investigation.'
  3. 'Given the factual circumstances, Mr Maguire's submission that the respondents acted unlawfully in arresting him for breach of the peace is not accepted.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'The Terrorism Act extended the powers of the police to investigate, arrest and detain.'
  6. 'Chinese law stipulates that a drug user who is arrested must be detained for 15 days.'
  7. 'Likewise, state police are not permitted to arrest or detain solely for the purpose of asking questions.'
  8. 'As a private security guard, he had no authority to arrest or detain the pair.'
  9. 'He had then been arrested and detained without trial and he fled into exile.'
  10. 'Thousands were believed to have been arrested and sent to jail for a variety of crimes.'
  11. 'Six Buddhist monks have been arrested after villagers complained about rowdy parties at the local temple.'
  12. 'they arrested a vessel with a ton of salmon on board'
  13. '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.'
  14. 'Customary law probably does allow the coastal state to arrest ships engaged in illegal pollution or dumping in the territorial sea, however.'
  15. '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.'
  16. 'By May 2000 the crews decided their best solution was to formally arrest the ships.'
  17. 'Nor has it commenced legal proceedings in England to secure its underlying claim by arresting a ship here or to enforce the arbitration award.'
Stop or check (progress or a process)
  1. 'A decade ago, a concerted international effort might have arrested its growth.'
  2. 'The finding could help scientists develop drugs and other treatments that might one day slow or arrest the disease's progression.'
  3. 'As yet there is no proven means of arresting the disease's progress, let alone curing it.'
  4. 'The rest appears as heat, which, above a certain temperature, risks killing the yeast and therefore arresting the fermentation process.'
  5. 'I will do whatever I have to do to arrest the progress of it.'
  6. 'Yoga can arrest the progression of the disease, if it cannot reverse it.'
  7. 'Mercury's effectiveness in arresting the progress of syphilis is debatable, but clearly it had terrible side effects.'
  8. 'The number of volunteers has steadily fallen over the past few months and bosses feel the time has come to arrest the slide.'
  9. 'There is an indication that when she was young her growth was arrested because of a childhood disease such as measles.'
  10. 'Pass laws proved incapable of arresting the process and were less vigorously enforced; by 1986 some of the major influx control regulations were rescinded.'
  11. 'they were trying to resuscitate a patient who had arrested'
Attract the attention of (someone)
  1. '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.'
  2. 'It was the double colon that arrested my attention as I scanned over the Age's website.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'Shouting arrests her attention, taking her away from her inner pain.'
  5. 'But those products that would arrest one's attention are wooden carvings from Srikalahasti.'
  6. 'It works precisely because it has no illusions about what it is or the audience whose attention it's trying to arrest.'
  7. 'Li isn't as fluid or captivating as Jackie Chan, but his skills still arrest the attention.'
  8. 'The film arrests our attention in the same way that a wreck does.'
  9. 'Chunhyang is never anything less than stunning, with vibrant colors and dynamic compositions consistently arresting our attention.'
  10. '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.'


The action of seizing someone and taking them into custody.
  1. 'they placed her under arrest'
  2. 'On arrest both men were taken to the police station and interviewed.'
  3. 'In Lindley the defendant had been taken into police custody upon arrest for disorderly behaviour.'
  4. 'The applicant was in custody after his arrest on March 18, 1999 and was released after a bail hearing on March 25.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'The military tried several times to enlist him, and he was indeed arrested or threatened with arrest several times by the military police.'
  7. 'They had plenty of officers to go out and detain - often without arrest - hunt saboteurs who peacefully protested against fox hunting.'
  8. 'When he emerged from the house, Constable Dimatulac placed Mr. Lloyd under arrest for being unlawfully in a dwelling house and for uttering threats.'
  9. 'Laura Blackburne, a judge who presides over a drug court in New York City, helped a suspect elude arrest in her courtroom.'
  10. 'The appellant's arrest and police interview in 1998 are considered below in the context of the evidence relating to Harry.'
  11. 'In this case, it is not suggested that Constable Bishop's actions were justified by the appellant's arrest on the outstanding warrant.'
A stoppage or sudden cessation of motion.
  1. 'The sudden arrest of his motion, the abrasion of one of his hands on the gravel, restored him, and he wept with delight.'
  2. 'The mum-of-two suffered a respiratory arrest three weeks ago from a chest infection.'

More definitions

1. to seize (a person) by legal authority or warrant; take into custody: The police arrested the burglar.

2. to catch and hold; attract and fix; engage: The loud noise arrested our attention.

3. to check the course of; stop; slow down: to arrest progress.

4. Medicine/Medical. to control or stop the active progress of (a disease): The new drug did not arrest the cancer. noun

5. the taking of a person into legal custody, as by officers of the law.

6. any se

More examples(as adjective)

"rises can be arrest in indexes."

"suspects can be arrest."

"rises can be arrest."

"people can be arrest."


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


arrest of judgement