(1)   The act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
"The policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
(2)   The state of inactivity following an interruption
"The negotiations were in arrest"
"Held them in check"
"During the halt he got some lunch"
"The momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow"
"He spent the entire stop in his seat"


(3)   Hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
"Arrest the downward trend"
"Check the growth of communism in South East Asia"
"Contain the rebel movement"
"Turn back the tide of communism"
(4)   Take into custody
"The police nabbed the suspected criminals"
(5)   Attract and fix
"His look caught her"
"She caught his eye"
"Catch the attention of the waiter"
(6)   Cause to stop
"Halt the engines"
"Arrest the progress"
"Halt the presses"



From , from }, from + , from + , from PIE base (see Latin stet).


  1. A check, stop, an act or instance of arresting something
  2. The condition of being stopped, standstill.
  3. The act of arresting a criminal, suspect etc.
  4. A confinement, detention, as after an arrest
  5. A device to physically arrest motion


  1. To stop
  2. To seize
    • 1919: P. G. Wodehouse, My Man Jeeves, page ?
      There is something about this picture—something bold and vigorous, which arrests the attention. I feel sure it would be highly popular.
    • 1997: Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault, page 69 (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865)
      I’m using mathesis — a universal science of measurement and order
      And there is also taxinomia a principle of classification and ordered tabulation.
      Knowledge replaced universal resemblance with finite differences. History was and turned into tables …
      Western reason had entered the age of judgement.
  3. To take into legal custody