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Definition of Arrest


  1. To stop; to check or hinder the motion or action of; as, to arrest the current of a river; to arrest the senses.
  2. To take, seize, or apprehend by authority of law; as, to arrest one for debt, or for a crime.
  3. To seize on and fix; to hold; to catch; as, to arrest the eyes or attention.
  4. To rest or fasten; to fix; to concentrate.
  5. To tarry; to rest.
  6. The act of stopping, or restraining from further motion, etc.; stoppage; hindrance; restraint; as, an arrest of development.
  7. The taking or apprehending of a person by authority of law; legal restraint; custody. Also, a decree, mandate, or warrant.
  8. Any seizure by power, physical or moral.
  9. A scurfiness of the back part of the hind leg of a horse; -- also named rat-tails.

Arrest Quotations

My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.
Jesus Christ

Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrest his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.
Andre Gide

Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.

If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.
Maria Montessori

My bed isn't made, I'm tired, I haven't slept well for two weeks. I haven't been laid in a month. I don't have a girlfriend. I have a warrant for my arrest.
Layne Staley
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Arrest Translations

arrest in Danish is arrestere
arrest in Dutch is aanhouding, arrestatie
arrest in German is Einhalt gebieten, festnehmen, Haft, Festnahme
arrest in Italian is detenzione, arrestare, arresto
arrest in Latin is intertio, capio, prehendo, comprehendo
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