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arrest

verb [T]  /əˈrest/ us  

arrest verb [T] (CATCH)

(of the police) to use legal authority to catch and take someone to a place where the person may be accused of a crime: Kansas City police arrested a bank robber.

arrest verb [T] (STOP)

to stop or slow an activity: Antibiotics arrest the development of harmful bacteria.

arrest

noun [C/U]  /əˈrest/ us  

arrest noun [C/U] (CATCH)

the act of using legal authority to catch and take someone to a place where the person may be accused of a crime: [C] FBI agents made the arrest. [U] He was placed under arrest by federal marshals.
Translations of “arrest”
in Korean 체포하다…
in Arabic يَعْتَقِل…
in French arrêter…
in Turkish tutuklamak…
in Italian arrestare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 抓住, 逮捕, 拘捕…
in Russian арестовывать…
in Polish aresztować…
in Spanish detener, arrestar, capturar…
in Portuguese prender, capturar, deter…
in German verhaften, hemmen…
in Catalan detenir…
in Japanese ~を逮捕する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 抓住, 逮捕, 拘捕…
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