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verb [transitive] arrest pronunciation in American English /əˈrest/
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present tense
present participlearresting
past tensearrested
past participlearrested
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    if the police arrest someone, they take that person to a police station because they believe he or she has committed a crime. Someone who has been arrested is under arrest, and if they are not allowed to leave, they are in custody
    arrest someone for something:

    He was arrested for possession of illegal drugs.

    arrest someone on charges/suspicion of something:

    She has been arrested on suspicion of using a stolen credit card.



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