Definition of arrest noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈrest//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈrest//
    [countable, uncountable]
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  1. 1  the act of arresting somebody The police made several arrests. She was under arrest on suspicion of murder. Opposition leaders were put under house arrest (= not allowed to leave their houses). see also citizen’s arrest
  2. 2an act of something stopping or being interrupted He died after suffering a cardiac arrest (= when his heart suddenly stopped).
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French arester, based on Latin ad- ‘at, to’ + restare ‘remain, stop’.Extra examples Following the coup, parliamentary leaders were put under house arrest. He grabbed the intruder by the arm and said, ‘I am making a citizen’s arrest.’ He was charged with resisting arrest. He was charged with violent behaviour and resisting arrest. Many of the teenagers in the neighborhood already have arrest records. She faced arrest and prison if she returned to the country. Some members of the Convention ordered the arrest of Robespierre. The country’s juvenile crime arrest rate increased by 25%. The government may remove the power of arrest from military police. The man is now under arrest in London. They made 11 arrests for possession of drugs. Woolley was placed under close arrest for mutiny. She was put under arrest.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: arrest