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verb [transitive] American English pronunciation: arrest /əˈrest/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyarrest
he/she/itarrests
present participlearresting
past tensearrested
past participlearrested
  1. 1
    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

    Police raided the store at dawn, arresting six men and seizing hundreds of pirated CDs.

    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.

  2. 2
    formal to stop a process from continuing, especially to stop a bad situation from getting worse

    A cut in interest rates failed to arrest the decline in prices.

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