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English noun: arrest

1. arrest (act) the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)


SamplesThe policeman on the beat got credit for the collar.


Synonymsapprehension, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody


Broader (hypernym)capture, gaining control, seizure

2. arrest (state) the state of inactivity following an interruption


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymscheck, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage


Broader (hypernym)inaction, inactiveness, inactivity


Narrower (hyponym)countercheck, logjam


English verb: arrest

1. arrest (contact) take into custody


SamplesThe police nabbed the suspected criminals.


Synonymsapprehend, collar, cop, nab, nail, pick up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)clutch, prehend, seize

2. arrest (competition) hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of


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


Synonymscheck, contain, hold back, stop, turn back


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)defend


Narrower (hyponym)cut down, cut out

3. arrest (contact) attract and fix


SamplesHis look caught her.
She caught his eye.
Catch the attention of the waiter.


Synonymscatch, get


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)attract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in

4. arrest (motion) cause to stop


SamplesHalt the engines.
Arrest the progress.
Halt the presses.


Synonymshalt, hold


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)stop









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