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noun [countable/uncountable] arrest pronunciation in British English /əˈrest/
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  1. a situation in which the police arrest someone that they believe has committed a crime
    The information led to the arrest of three suspects.
    After a third arrest for drunk driving, she lost her licence.
    One of the women is suing for wrongful arrest (=having been arrested illegally).
    under arrest: Six men are under arrest in connection with the drug-smuggling operation.
    make an arrest: We hope to make an arrest in the near future.


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