Arrest meaning

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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.

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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.

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To stop; check.

A brake that automatically arrests motion; arrested the growth of the tumor.

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To seize and hold under the authority of law.
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To undergo cardiac arrest.

The patient arrested en route to the hospital.

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A device for stopping motion, especially of a moving part.
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The act of stopping or the condition of being stopped.
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To stop or check the motion, course, or spread of.
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To seize or take into custody by authority of the law.
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To catch and keep (one's attention, sight, etc.)
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A thing for checking motion.
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To stop; check.
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To undergo cardiac arrest.
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A stoppage; an interference with or a checking of the regular course of a disease or symptom.
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The inhibition of a developmental process, usually the ultimate stage of development.
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The intentional deprivation, whether actual or constructive, of a person’s freedom by legal authorities using forcible restraint, seizure, or otherwise taking the individual into custody, especially in response to a warrant or a suspicion based on probable cause that the person being arrested has committed a crime. The person making the arrest must have the present power to control the person being arrested. Furthermore, the intent to make an arrest must be communicated to the individual who is being detained and that person must understand that the seizure or detention is an intentional arrest. See also privilege and resisting arrest.
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An arrest made by a private individual rather than by a law enforcement officer. Such arrests are lawful only if 1) an offense was committed in the presence of the person making the arrest, or 2) the person making the arrest has reasonable cause to believe that the person arrested has committed a felony.
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An arrest made by a person who falsely claims to be a law enforcement officer or by a law enforcement officer who has no legal grounds for making an arrest. See also false imprisonment.
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An arrest made without probable cause and for an improper purpose.
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An arrest made with knowledge that the person arrested did not commit the crime he is charged with. See also malicious prosecution.
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An arrest ordered by a judge or magistrate while presiding over a court proceeding. Such an arrest is done without a written complaint and is executed immediately, for example, an arrest of a person in a courtroom who has been found in contempt of court.
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A valid arrest made for a minor offense with the intent to hold the person in custody while investigating his involvement in a more serious offense for which there is yet no lawful grounds to arrest the suspect.
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An arrest made in a public place without a warrant that is based on either the probable cause that the person committed a felony or the person committing a misdemeanor in the law enforcement officer’s presence.
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A check, stop, an act or instance of arresting something.
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The condition of being stopped, standstill.
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(law) The act of arresting a criminal, suspect etc.
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A confinement, detention, as after an arrest.
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A device to physically arrest motion.
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(nautical) The judicial detention of a ship to secure a financial claim against its operators.
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(farriery) A scurfiness of the back part of the hind leg of a horse.

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To stop (a process, course etc.). [from 14th c.]
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To seize (someone) with the authority of the law; to take into legal custody. [from 14th c.]

The police have arrested a suspect in the murder inquiry.

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To catch the attention of. [from 19th c.]
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To capture and hold briefly (the attention, for example); engage.
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An arresting or being arrested; esp., a taking or being taken into custody by authority of the law.
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under arrest
  • 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
  • From Old French arester (“to stay, stop”), from Vulgar Latin *arrestare, from Latin ad- (“to”) + restare (“to stop, remain behind, stay back”), from re- (“back”) + stare (“to stand”), from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂- (“to stand”).
    From Wiktionary