Arrest is defined as the act of taking a person into custody for legal purposes.(verb)
An example of arrest is a police officer handcuffing a robber.
The definition of arrest is to take a person into custody for legal purposes.(noun)
The placing of a robber into handcuffs is an example of an arrest.
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Origin: ME aresten < OFr arester < VL *arrestare < L ad-, to + restare, to stop, rest
Origin: ME & OFr arest < the v.
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verb ar·rest·ed, ar·rest·ing, ar·rests verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English aresten
Origin: , from Old French arester
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *arrestāre
Origin: : Latin ad-, ad-
Origin: + Latin restāre, to stand still (re-, re- + stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots).
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