v. ar·rest·ed, ar·rest·ing, ar·rests
1. To stop; check: a brake that automatically arrests motion; arrested the growth of the tumor.
2. To seize and hold under the authority of law.
3. To capture and hold briefly (the attention, for example); engage.
To undergo cardiac arrest: The patient arrested en route to the hospital.
a. The act of detaining in legal custody: the arrest of a criminal suspect.
b. The state of being so detained: a suspect under arrest.
2. A device for stopping motion, especially of a moving part.
3. The act of stopping or the condition of being stopped.
[Middle English aresten, from Old French arester, from Vulgar Latin *arrestāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin restāre, to stand still (re-, re- + stāre, to stand; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
ar·rester, ar·restor n.
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