- 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.)
ME aresten < OFr arester < VL *arrestare < L ad-, to + 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
ME & OFr arest < the v.