A brake that automatically arrests motion; arrested the growth of the tumor.
The placing of a robber into handcuffs is an example of an arrest.
The patient arrested en route to the hospital.
The arrest of a criminal suspect.
A suspect under arrest.
An example of arrest is a police officer handcuffing a robber.
- in legal custody, as of the police
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Origin of arrest
- Middle English aresten from Old French arester from Vulgar Latin arrestāre Latin ad- ad- Latin restāre to stand still (re- re-) (stāre to stand stā- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition