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arrest

ar·rest

arrest

 
 
pronunciation:
rest
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: arrested, arresting, arrests
definition 1: to slow down; impede; stop.
The storm arrested their climb up the mountain.An infection arrested his progress in recovering from surgery.
synonyms:
block, obstruct, stay
antonyms:
activate
similar words:
abort, check, halt, hinder, impede, inhibit, interrupt, restrain, slow down, stop, stunt, suppress
definition 2: to seize and detain (someone) by legal process.
The police came and arrested the man who was yelling and making a disturbance.Two suspects were arrested in connection with the murder.
 
synonyms:
apprehend, bust, collar, nab
similar words:
capture, catch, detain, hold, imprison, incarcerate, jail, pinch, seize
definition 3: to attract and keep hold of.
The sudden loud noise arrested our attention.
synonyms:
rivet
antonyms:
lose
similar words:
attract, catch, engage, engross, fix, hold
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the condition of being seized and detained, or the act of seizing and obtaining, by legal process.
The story of the spectacular arrest appeared on the front page of the paper.
synonyms:
apprehension
antonyms:
release
similar words:
capture, detention, restraint, seizure
definition 2: the act of slowing down or stopping.
The sudden arrest of the athlete's heart could not have been predicted.
synonyms:
obstruction
similar words:
blockage, cessation, check, impediment, interruption, slumber, stay, stoppage
definition 3: condition of being slowed or stopped.
His heart was in arrest.
similar words:
blockage, cessation, obstruction, slumber, stay, stoppage
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