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arrest

ar·rest

arrest

 
 
pronunciation:
rest
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: arrested, arresting, arrests
definition 1: to slow down; block; stop.
The storm arrested our hike up the mountain.
synonyms:
block, obstruct
antonyms:
activate
similar words:
check, halt, hinder, interrupt, restrain, slow down, stop, stunt
definition 2: to seize and hold or imprison for breaking the law.
The police arrested the robber as he ran out of the bank.
 
synonyms:
apprehend, bust, collar, nab
similar words:
capture, catch, detain, hold, imprison, jail, pinch, seize
definition 3: to attract and keep hold of.
The teacher's story arrested the children's attention.
synonyms:
rivet
similar words:
attract, catch, engage, engross, fix, hold
 
part of speech: noun
definition: the act of seizing or the condition of being seized by the authority of the law.
The story of the thief's arrest appeared on the front page of the paper.
synonyms:
apprehension
antonyms:
release
similar words:
capture, detention, seizure
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