Pronunciation: (u-rest'), [key]
1. to seize (a person) by legal authority or warrant; take into custody: The police arrested the burglar.
2. to catch and hold; attract and fix; engage: The loud noise arrested our attention.
3. to check the course of; stop; slow down: to arrest progress.
4. control or stop the active progress of (a disease): The new drug did not arrest the cancer.

1. the taking of a person into legal custody, as by officers of the law.
2. any seizure or taking by force.
3. an act of stopping or the state of being stopped: the arrest of tooth decay.
4. Mach.any device for stopping machinery; stop.
5. under arrest, in custody of the police or other legal authorities: They placed the suspect under arrest at the scene of the crime.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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