Definitions of arrest

  1. To stop; to check or hinder the motion or action of; as, to arrest the current of a river; to arrest the senses.
  2. To take, seize, or apprehend by authority of law; as, to arrest one for debt, or for a crime.
  3. To seize on and fix; to hold; to catch; as, to arrest the eyes or attention.
  4. To rest or fasten; to fix; to concentrate.
  5. The act of stopping, or restraining from further motion, etc.; stoppage; hindrance; restraint; as, an arrest of development.
  6. Any seizure by power, physical or moral.
  7. A scurfiness of the back part of the hind leg of a horse; - also named rat- tails.
  8. To stop or stay; to check or hinder the action or motion of; to seize, take, or apprehend by legal authority; to seize and fix, as the eye or attention.
  9. To stop: to seize: to apprehend by legal authority.
  10. To seize; detain; seize by warrant.
  11. To stop suddenly; check; fix.
  12. To take into custody.
  13. To tarry; to rest.
  14. To stop; to check; to seize or apprehend by legal warrant; to seize and fix.
  15. To stop; to hinder; to restrain; to seize by authority.
  16. the act of apprehending ( especially apprehending a criminal); " the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
  17. the state of inactivity following an interruption; " the negotiations were in arrest"; " held them in check"; " during the halt he got some lunch"; " the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"; " he spent the entire stop in his seat"
  18. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; " Arrest the downward trend"; " Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia"; " Contain the rebel movement"; " Turn back the tide of communism"
  19. take into custody; " the police nabbed the suspected criminals"
  20. A situation in which the police detain a person in a manner that, to any reasonable person, makes it clear she is not free to leave. A person can be " under arrest" even though the police have not announced it; nor are handcuffs or physical restraint necessary. Questioning an arrested person about her involvement in or knowledge of a crime must be preceded by the Miranda warnings if the police intend to use the answers against the person in a criminal case. If the arrested person chooses to remain silent, the questioning must stop.
  21. The act of seizing; the state of being seized or detained by legal authority.
  22. Stoppage: seizure by warrant.
  23. An arresting; a stop, check, or stay; seizure by legal authority.
  24. Stoppage by seizure; hindrance; interruption; a legal caption or seizure of the person; a mangy humour on the hind legs of a horse. Arrest of judgment, the staying or stopping of a judgment after verdict, for causes assigned. See Rest.
  25. Hindrance; restraint; seizure by authority.