- The definition of arrest is to take a person into custody for legal purposes.
The placing of a robber into handcuffs is an example of an arrest.
- Arrest is defined as the act of taking a person into custody for legal purposes.
An example of arrest is a police officer handcuffing a robber.
This man is under arrest.
arrest definition by Webster's New World
- to stop or check the motion, course, or spread of
- to seize or take into custody by authority of the law
- to catch and keep (one's attention, sight, etc.)
Origin: Middle English aresten ; from Old French arester ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form arrestare ; from Classical Latin ad-, to plush restare, to stop, rest
- an arresting or being arrested; esp., a taking or being taken into custody by authority of the law
- a thing for checking motion
Origin: ME & OFr arest < the v.
arrest definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb ar·rest·ed, ar·rest·ing, ar·rests verb, transitive
- To stop; check: a brake that automatically arrests motion; arrested the growth of the tumor.
- To seize and hold under the authority of law.
- To capture and hold briefly (the attention, for example); engage.
- a. The act of detaining in legal custody: the arrest of a criminal suspect.b. The state of being so detained: a criminal under arrest.
- A device for stopping motion, especially of a moving part.
- The act of stopping or the condition of being stopped.
Origin: Middle English aresten, from Old French arester, from Vulgar Latin *arrestāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin restāre, to stand still (re-, re- + stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots).
- ar·restˈa·ble adjective
- ar·restˈer, ar·resˈtor noun
- ar·restˈment noun
arrest - Legal Definition
- An arrest made without probable cause and for an improper purpose.
- An arrest made with knowledge that the person arrested did not commit the crime he is charged with. See also malicious prosecution.
arrest - Medical Definition
- To stop; check.
- To undergo cardiac arrest.
- An interference with or a checking of the regular course of a disease or symptom, a stoppage.
- Interference with the performance of a function.
- The inhibition of a developmental process, usually the ultimate stage of development.
arrest - Phrases/Idioms