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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: arester 'to rest, arrest', from Vulgar Latin arrestare, from Latin ad- 'to' + restare 'to remain, rest'

arrest

1 verb
     
arrest
ar‧rest1 W3 [transitive]
1 if the police arrest someone, the person is taken to a police station because the police think they have done something illegal:
He was arrested and charged with murder.
arrest somebody for something
Her father was arrested for fraud.
I got arrested for careless driving.
arrest somebody in connection with something
Five youths were arrested in connection with the attack.
arrest somebody on charges/suspicion of (doing) something
He was arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs.
2 formal to stop something happening or to make it happen more slowly:
drugs used to arrest the spread of the disease
3 literary if something arrests you or arrests your attention, you notice it because it is interesting or unusual:
The mountains are the most arresting feature of the glen.

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