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arrest - Dictionary definition and meaning for word arrest

(noun) the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
Example Sentence
  • the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar

(noun) the state of inactivity following an interruption
Synonyms : check , halt , hitch , stay , stop , stoppage
Example Sentence
  • the negotiations were in arrest
  • held them in check
  • during the halt he got some lunch
  • the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow
  • he spent the entire stop in his seat

(verb) take into custody
Synonyms : apprehend , collar , cop , nab , nail , pick up
Example Sentence
  • the police nabbed the suspected criminals

(verb) hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
Synonyms : check , contain , hold back , stop , turn back
Example Sentence
  • Arrest the downward trend
  • Check the growth of communism in South East Asia
  • Contain the rebel movement
  • Turn back the tide of communism

(verb) attract and fix
Synonyms : catch , get
Example Sentence
  • His look caught her
  • She caught his eye
  • Catch the attention of the waiter

(verb) cause to stop
Synonyms : halt , hold
Example Sentence
  • Halt the engines
  • Arrest the progress
  • halt the presses

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