- 1 [transitive, often passive] if the police arrest somebody, the person is taken to a police station and kept there because the police believe they may be guilty of a crime arrest somebody A man has been arrested in connection with the robbery. arrest somebody for something She was arrested for drug-related offences. arrest somebody for doing something You could get arrested for doing that. Wordfinderarrest, charge, cordon, detain, detective, interrogate, plain clothes, police, raid, undercover CollocationsCriminal justiceBreaking the law break/violate/obey/uphold the law be investigated/arrested/tried for a crime/a robbery/fraud be arrested/ (especially North American English) indicted/convicted on charges of rape/fraud/(especially US English) felony charges be arrested on suspicion of arson/robbery/shoplifting be accused of/be charged with murder/(especially North American English) homicide/four counts of fraud face two charges of indecent assault admit your guilt/liability/responsibility (for something) deny the allegations/claims/charges confess to a crime grant/be refused/be released on/skip/jump bailThe legal process stand/await/bring somebody to/come to/be on trial take somebody to/come to/settle something out of court face/avoid/escape prosecution seek/retain/have the right to/be denied access to legal counsel hold/conduct/attend/adjourn a hearing/trial sit on/influence/persuade/convince the jury sit/stand/appear/be put/place somebody in the dock plead guilty/not guilty to a crime be called to/enter (British English) the witness box take/put somebody on the stand/(North American English) the witness stand call/subpoena/question/cross-examine a witness give/hear the evidence against/on behalf of somebody raise/withdraw/overrule an objection reach a unanimous/majority verdict return/deliver/record a verdict of not guilty/unlawful killing/accidental death convict/acquit the defendant of the crime secure a conviction/your acquittal lodge/file an appeal appeal (against)/challenge/uphold/overturn a conviction/verdictSentencing and punishment pass sentence on somebody carry/face/serve a seven-year/life sentence receive/be given the death penalty be sentenced to ten years (in prison/jail) carry/impose/pay a fine (of $3 000)/a penalty (of 14 years imprisonment) be imprisoned/jailed for drug possession/fraud/murder do/serve time/ten years be sent to/put somebody in/be released from jail/prison be/put somebody/spend X years on death row be granted/be denied/break (your) parole See related entries: Solving crime, The police
- 2[transitive] arrest something (formal) to stop a process or a development They failed to arrest the company's decline.
- 3[transitive] arrest something (formal) to make somebody notice something and pay attention to it An unusual noise arrested his attention.
- 4[intransitive] (medical) if somebody arrests, their heart stops beating He arrested on the way to the hospital. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French arester, based on Latin ad-
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BrE BrE//əˈrest//; NAmE NAmE//əˈrest//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they arrest
BrE BrE//əˈrest//; NAmE NAmE//əˈrest//he / she / it arrests
BrE BrE//əˈrests//; NAmE NAmE//əˈrests//past simple arrested
BrE BrE//əˈrestɪd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈrestɪd//past participle arrested
BrE BrE//əˈrestɪd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈrestɪd//-ing form arresting
BrE BrE//əˈrestɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈrestɪŋ//Solving crime, The police