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Dictionary definition for: Arrest

1. (n) the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"

2. (v) take into custody; "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"

3. (n) 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"

4. (v) 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 Sout East Asia" "Contain the rebel movement" "Turn back the tide of communism"

5. (v) attract and fix; "His look caught her" "She caught his eye" "Catch the attention of the waiter"

6. (v) cause to stop; "Halt the engines" "Arrest the progress" "halt the presses"

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