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Definition 1: the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where arrest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar

Synonyms for arrest in the sense of this definition

(arrest is a kind of ...) the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

Definition 2: the state of inactivity following an interruption - [noun denoting state]

Samples where arrest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for arrest in the sense of this definition

(arrest is a kind of ...) the state of being inactive

(... is a kind of arrest ) a check that restrains another check

(... is a kind of arrest ) any stoppage attributable to unusual activity

"the legislation ran into a logjam"

Definition 3: hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of - [verb of competition]

Samples where arrest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Arrest the downward trend
  • Check the growth of communism in South East Asia
  • Contain the rebel movement
  • Turn back the tide of communism

Synonyms for arrest in the sense of this definition

(arrest is a kind of ...) be on the defensive; act against an attack

(... is a kind of arrest ) intercept (a player)

Definition 4: take into custody - [verb of contact]

Samples where arrest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the police nabbed the suspected criminals

Synonyms for arrest in the sense of this definition

(arrest is a kind of ...) take hold of; grab

"The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter" "She clutched her purse" "The mother seized her child by the arm" "Birds of prey often seize small mammals"

Definition 5: attract and fix - [verb of contact]

Samples where arrest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His look caught her
  • She caught his eye
  • Catch the attention of the waiter

Synonyms for arrest in the sense of this definition

(arrest is a kind of ...) direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes

"Her good looks attract the stares of many men" "The ad pulled in many potential customers" "This pianist pulls huge crowds" "The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers"

Definition 6: cause to stop - [verb of motion]

Samples where arrest or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Halt the engines
  • Arrest the progress
  • halt the presses

Synonyms for arrest in the sense of this definition

(arrest is a kind of ...) cause to stop

"stop a car" "stop the thief"

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